New National President Takes Helm at NTEU
Last week, there was a changing of the guard atop the federal government’s largest independent union, with Tony Reardon winning election as the National Treasury Employees Union’s (NTEU) next National President.
Reardon, who most recently served as the union’s National Executive Vice President, replaces retiring NTEU National President Colleen Kelley, who has held the position since 1999.
Reardon has spent a long career with NTEU, having been hired 25 years ago as the union’s Operations Manager. He rose to the positions of Chief Operating Executive, and then in 2013, NTEU’s National Executive Vice President, the union’s second-highest elected position. Reardon led many NTEU bargaining teams throughout his tenure.
“I am committed to building on Colleen’s legacy and strengthening NTEU’s role as the voice of the federal workforce on Capitol Hill, at the agencies, in the media and in the courts,” Reardon said at NTEU’s 55th biennial National Convention in Hollywood, Florida.
Reardon further stated, “Our members do critical work for our country and I will fight for them and be vigorous in my defense of them. I promise to work hard each day to help them realize their aspirations for the future.”
Reardon outlined areas he will focus on as NTEU’s new National President in an interview with The Washington Post.
Kelley told convention attendees to continue fighting for federal workforce issues, including pay, benefits, retirement, budget cuts, and “assaults” on employee rights during her last remarks as NTEU National President.
“Keep doing what you do best. Keep accomplishing amazing things against great odds. Hold onto your faith. Stay confident. Be proud and hold your head up high. Because you are part of a great institution,” President Kelley said. “After 16 years as your president and 35 years as an NTEU leader … I can say that my faith in our union is even stronger than ever, and my confidence in our future is as well.”
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