"To organize federal employees to work together to ensure that every federal employee is treated with dignity and respect."
I have seen how the union can be helpful to all employees, and you are looking at one of the best examples: communication. By communicating to the members, we can be sure that your manager won't try to push his/her individual agenda, which usually means bad things for you; the employee. But communication is a two way street. You have to communicate with us too. Tell us what you are seeing and hearing. We can't do anything, unless we know what’s happening in your POD.
One part of the union’s mission statement that really resonates with me is "To ensure that EVERY employee, is treated with DIGNITY & RESPECT." Those words mean a lot to me. That means defending all member/employees. It means defending them against being forced to retire, or not being given credit for the years of service they have given, when all of a sudden an off the clock issue comes up. Be that illness, family issues, or substance abuse problems. Or it can be as simple as your manager not giving you the credit you deserve. We in the NTEU recognize that our membership is a slice of Americana, both good & bad. While we all work for a living, we work to live, we don't live to work! We are public servants, not public slaves!