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$100 Rebate Effective until December 31, 2016
The 2016 NWSEO Convention Delegates passed a “$100 new member rebate” recruitment incentive for any new member who joins NWSEO by 1187 http://nwseo.org/pdfs_3/Join1187_2016.pdf for payroll deduction to receive a $100 dollar dues rebate.
The offer is now available from October 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016. All stewards are encouraged to speak with a recruit new NWSEO members at their branch. NWSEO has not offered a dues rebate offer in years and this is a great opportunity to join our professional organization but the offer is only good for a limited time.
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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!
Member Change of Address Form
Have you moved recently? If so, please send your name and address to Lisa Luciani, Director of Communications, so that we can update our records. In addition to your mailing address, providing us with your current personal email address helps us to keep you informed. It only takes a minute and ensures that you'll receive all of the NWSEO news.
(June 7, 2016) 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.
Four Winds for 2016 are located on the Member News page.
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$100 New Member Rebate Extended through December 31, 2016
(December 6, 2016) NWSEO is extending the $100 new member rebate for any new member who joins NWSEO by 1187 for payroll deduction by December 31, 2016. New members should write, “NO CONOPS 2” on the top of the 1187 form along with their recruiter’s name. Please email or fax signed 1187 forms to NWSEO Membership Director Christy Fox at firstname.lastname@example.org or fax: 202-600-2145. (More)
NWS Presentation to the Deputy Secretary of Commerce in July 2016 details Plans to Downsize the NWS
(December 5, 2016) NWS Director Dr. Uccellini and Deputy Director Laura Furgione provided specific details on downsizing weather forecast offices and moving many offices to part-time operations in a PowerPoint presentation to the Deputy Secretary of Commerce in July 2016. Please note that this presentation was made two months prior to the September 28 and 29 All Hands OWA call to employees.
In the presentation, please note of Slides 23 and 25: Slide 23 - IDSS and Warning and Staff Workload - Office size by location - only 40 of the 122 NWS Weather Forecast Offices will retain responsibility for issuing warnings of severe weather.
Slide 25 - Office size by range by locations with responsibilities
Please review the entire presentation. Here are a few more highlights from the presentation: (More)
Thomas D’Amore in Buffalo, NY needs Medical Leave Donations -
You Can Help with the Voluntary Leave Transfer Program
(December 7, 2016) Thomas D'Amore, a dedicated NWSEO member and retired U.S. Coast Guard, is in need of leave donations. Three months ago, Tom broke his neck in an accident at home. After multiple surgeries, he has exhausted all his sick leave, and doctors advise he will not be able to return to work for at least another month or two. If you are interested in donating leave for Thomas D'Amore, you may complete the 630A Form at this link: http://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/opm630a.pdf
(October 28, 2016) NWSEO has carefully analyzed the National Weather Service’s plans to restructure with a consolidated forecast and part-time offices. NWSEO’s greatest concerns about this plan are degradation of service to the American public as the expertise of the local forecaster is removed from the forecast. The union maintains that the ownership of the forecast must be at the final point of delivery.
The NWSEO Press Kit, emphasizing the importance of the local forecast, includes a wealth of information on the impacts of the NWS Plans to restructure, is now available at: http://nwseo.org/media_center.php.
News Stories on the NWS Plans to Move away from Local Forecasts– Move to Part Time Offices
NWS All Hands Webinar Discloses Plans
To Change Forecaster Duties, Eliminate Jobs, and Cut Office Hours
(September 29, 2016) Instead of filling in excess of 600 vacancies, the NWS announces plans for a Fully Integrated Field Structure (FIFS) will completely change the way the National Weather Service works, NWS leadership presented their initial steps towards restructuring the agency with part-time offices and the possibility of eliminating positions. NWS Director Dr. Louis Uccellini, NWS Deputy Assistant Administrator Laura Furgione, and Chief Operating Office John Murphy presented the Webinar, highlighting the term “Evolve NWS” on September 28 and 29.
The plan envisions “National Centers” producing the probabilistic forecast and assessing guidance leaving local offices to apply observations and forecasts to IDSS (i.e. weather briefer). FIFS could pave the way for the elimination of jobs, as it will allow managers to adjust schedules on an as needed basis, according their needs. Plans include changes to office staffing levels, decreasing office hours from their current 24/7/365 structure, and the elimination of some positions.
The presentation made it clear that the work of all positions would change. As the NWS relies more heavily on National Blended Models, the role of local forecasters and support personnel will also change. Under the FIFS “Frequency of Need” there is a likelihood that local office staffing could fluctuate depending on the season, in addition to overall decreased operating hours. (More)
NWSEO Partners with HotelStorm to provide you with Members’ Only Discounts
Benefits will help when Government Rate is not available, May help with Gain Sharing opportunities.
(September 12, 2016) NWSEO is pleased to offer a members’ only cost-savings benefit for travel. NWSEO has teamed up with HotelStorm, for exclusive hotel discounts available only through NWSEO membership. The savings is often 10-55 percent greater than other online travel websites and may prove especially helpful when the government rate is not available due to high hotel occupancy. Additionally, the savings you receive through HotelStorm may also apply to Gain Sharing Travel Savings opportunities with the National Weather Service – putting even more money in your pocket.
Due to contractual agreements, this is an NWSEO membership only perk. Your office steward has the required password.
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