NWSEO works hard to improve working conditions and the quality of NWS services. The diligent work of the NWSEO produced these top five recent accomplishments.
Saved the Information Technology Officer (ITO) position.
Securing special projects designed to increase aviation safety, which include increased NWS personnel at the CWSU and WFOs in New York City, Atlanta, and Chicago.
Saving the CWSUs from consolidation – a culmination of a five year lobbying effort by NWSEO to preserve both aviation safety and NWS employee jobs. NWSEO spent over $200,000 in this lobbying effort and obtained the support of the Senate Commerce Committee, the House Science Committee and the House and Senate Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Subcommittees.
NWSEO secured an agreement that upgrades to a GS -8 every Administrative Support Assistant at field offices around the country. The GS -8 upgrade includes approximately one million dollars in extra pay and benefits to the lowest paid NWS employees each and every year from now on.
Launched the Facebook community called "Protect the National Weather Service" which now has more than 115-thousand fans. The site is used to inform the public and gain support for employees of the NWS
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NWSEO Cares: Medical Leave Donations
NWSEO Members have always been generous with leave donations for co-workers in need.
If you are able to donate leave time, please complete the Donor Leave Transfer Application and submit it to your ASA. If you would like to learn more about the Leave Transfer Program, including a full list of participants, click here. NWSEO thanks you for your generosity and care!
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Two National Weather Service employees worked seven consecutive months without a day off, according to an email from the agency's director that addresses the consequences of "budget uncertainty."
NWS Director Louis Uccellini sent the email yesterday to follow up on accusations made at last week's All-Hands Town Hall webinar. At the meeting, the head of the agency's union referenced employees working "at least seven straight months of rotating shift work" at a weather forecasting office in American Samoa. (More)
New York Times: Our Failing Weather Infrastructure - Reporter Kathryn Miles
(October 31, 2014) From the New York Times article: "Meteorologists at all levels of the National Weather Service are exceedingly talented, hardworking scientists. They can do far more than their jobs currently allow, including issuing seven-day storm forecasts and using global information systems to create surge maps that would assist emergency managers in evacuations. But, as one senior administrator at the National Hurricane Center told me, “we can barely keep the trains running.” And that’s a dangerous proposition for all of us." Read the full article.
News from the 39th Annual
NWSEO National Convention
(October 26, 2014) Keep on top of convention news from the Kansas City Marriott on the Convention News page. Today's guest speakers include NOAA Deputy Under Secretary Vice Admiral Devany and Dr. Joe Friday, former Director of the National Weather Service. Members can follow us on NWSEO Facebook and Twitter too.
Letter to Congress in Support of the
Wounded Warrior Act
(September 17, 2014) The Federal Postal Coalition is sending this letter to Congress in support of the Wounded Warrior Federal Leave Act, H.R. 5229. This bipartisan legislation would provide sick leave up front to first year federal employees who qualify under the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as 30 percent disabled or more upon their employment. NWSEO is a member-group of the Federal Postal Coalition.
NWS Signs $4.7 Million Contract with Overland Resource Group - Aiming for a Retrenchment of the Workforce
(August 28, 2014) Before asking NWSEO for input, the agency forged ahead with a $4.7 million contract to the Overland Resource Group to “reframe the relationship” with the union. NWSEO has long maintained the desire to meet with NWS leadership in good faith to work through the issues through direct communication. (More)
NWSEO Grievance Aims to
Protect Impact-Based Decision Support Pilot Projects - NWS plans to terminate the projects in April 2015.
(August 25, 2014) NWSEO is grieving the agency’s plans to terminate the six Impact-Based Decision Support Pilot Projects by April 30, 2015. The pilots were negotiated and developed as a partnership between NWSEO and NWS under the “Weather Ready Nation” initiative to transform NWS operations to work more closely with public and private sector partners in order to make smarter faster decisions to save lives, protect the environment and keep livelihoods secure. Staffing of the pilot projects was intended to be permanent. (More)
(August 25, 2014) NWSEO often tackles problems repeatedly from the same managers. Now a color-coded branch list can be used to identify and inform members of potential problem managers. While circumstances may change over time, the current list highlights areas to warn members of the possible implications to their career and morale if they bid on these offices.
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