Colleen Kelley, the Treasury Employees president for the last 16 years, will retire at the end of the union’s convention this August, the union announced. Kelley’s union is one of the larger federal workers’ unions, along with the Government Employees (AFGE) and the two big postal workers’ unions. In her time in office, Kelley has forged alliances with the others, and particularly with current AFGE President J. David Cox., on government workers’ issues. NTEU is independent of both U.S. labor federations. NTEU represents mostly Treasury Department workers, including IRS employees – the agency where Kelley got her start as a revenue agent. After serving as the Pittsburgh local’s president, she joined the union’s national staff, became executive vice president and then was elected president for the first time in 1999. She has served four terms.
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