NWSEO 40th Annual Convention 2015 Elections – Nominations for National Officers must be received by September 12
(August 4, 2015) NWSEO celebrates 40 years of National Weather Service employee representation this year. We hope you will join us for the 2015 NWSEO National Convention at the Hilton Alexandria Old Town in Alexandria, Virginia on Saturday and Sunday, September 26-27. Steward Training for invited new stewards will be at the hotel on Friday, September 25 at 1 p.m. (More)
(June 19, 2015) OPM has shared the following update from Agency senior officials: Agency Postmater Update on Cyber Incident
OPM’s web page on “Information About the Recent Cybersecurity Incident” and “Frequently Asked Questions” updated on June 18, 2015. Here are the links to the updated pages. A printable copy is also available. Please post this in your office.
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!
"Ten years ago this morning, National Weather Service meteorologist Robert Ricks faced a dilemma. As the forecast coordinator that day for the Slidell, Louisiana, office—which has responsibility for New Orleans—he needed to find a way to convey the urgency and seriousness of the situation his region would face the next day as Hurricane Katrina made landfall. Here is what he came up with:" (More)
NWSEO Welcomes Two New Employees to our Professional Organization
(August 28, 2015) NWSEO is happy to welcome two new employees. Emily Roy is NWSEO’s new Bookkeeper and PAC Treasurer.
Christy Fox is NWSEO’s new Director of Membership Services. New members should send their 1187 forms for payroll deduction to Christy at Membership@nwseo.org or fax them to 202-600-2145. (More)
What NWS won’t tell you about plans for the future.
(August 21, 2015) For the first time in the history of NWSEO, the agency is requiring union representatives to sign a confidentiality agreement before proceeding on a national team. The agency’s much touted Organization Workforce Analysis (OWA), designed to evaluate your jobs and shape the future of the NWS, is requiring a signed confidentiality agreement from NWSEO participants along with all participants on the OWA teams. This veil of secrecy is becoming routine in working with agency leaders. Last May, NWSEO told you about a “gag order” that the Department of Commerce insisted on for NWSEO grievance settlements. (More)
Science Committee Leader and Federal Employee Advocate,Rep. Don Beyer, to address NWSEO National Convention
(August 14, 2015) Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) will address NWSEO’s National Convention on Sunday, September 27 at 10 a.m. All NWSEO members are invited and encouraged to attend this event and the NWSEO 40th Annual Convention at the Old Town Alexandria Hilton in Alexandria, Virginia. (More)
Long-time NWSEO Member Steve Ippoliti Needs Medical Leave Donations:
You Can Help with the Voluntary Leave Transfer Program
(August 10, 2015) Steve Ippoliti, a long-time NWSEO member and lead forecaster at WFO Miami, is in need of medical leave donations. Steve began having seizures in April and is still working with doctors on a medical diagnosis. The current medications have strong reactions and have rendered him unable to work many of his shifts. He has used up all of his leave time due to this health problem.
NWSEO Members have always been generous with annual leave donations for co-workers in need. If you are interested in donating leave for Steve Ippoliti, you may complete the 630A Form at this link: http://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/opm630a.pdf
Operations and Workforce Analysis Project Update McKinsey Visits Central Region – NWSEO Provides Input and Asks the Tough Questions
(July 23, 2015) McKinsey & Company, is mid-way through their site visits of NWS offices. This week, McKinsey & Company visited Central Region Headquarters and MBRFC. NWSEO Central Region Chair Jim Sieveking attended the meetings and reported the following to NWSEO: (More)
NWS to Renegotiate its Contract with Employees
NWSEO sends out a Recruitment “All Call” to Strengthen Membership
(July 16, 2015) Today, the National Weather Service officially notified NWSEO of its plans to renegotiate the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The CBA specifically states the rights and obligations of the employer, employees, and union, including staffing structure and levels, leave policies, rules for discipline, and how and when grievances can be filed.
“Make no mistake, the Agency is not renegotiating the CBA to make your work life better,” said NWSEO President Dan Sobien. (More)
(August 27, 2015) 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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