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$100 Rebate Effective until November 30, 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 November 30, 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.
NWSEO represented employees received an additional $23.85 million dollars as a result of NWSEO actions to mitigate the impact of sequestration during the 2013 furlough. NWSEO lobbying preserved more than $6.85 million in Awards for NWSEO represented employees (1.5% of payroll) during 2013-2015 when other government agencies were either canceled.
CyberSecurity Incident News and Updates
(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!
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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.
National Weather Service Discloses Plans to Move away from Local Forecasts– Move to Part Time Offices
(October 21, 2016) Instead of filling more than 600 vacancies, the National Weather Service announces plans to eliminate the work of local forecasters and distribute forecasts and guidance produced by a Washington D.C. Center. Local forecasts, prepared with the expertise of local meteorologists, will give way automated forecasts based on largely computer models. The plan will lead to a degradation of service with local weather forecast office hours reduced from the current 24/7/365 schedule to part-time and in some cases, possibly seasonal operations.
The expertise of the local forecaster is critical to the National Weather Service's mission of saving lives. Each geographic region has its own unique weather patterns. Local forecasters understand these patterns and apply this knowledge to the computer models. Their intimate knowledge of these weather patterns, the geographic region, the flood prone areas, and the demographics of people whose lives they protect are critical to their lifesaving work.
The NWS’s new plans would change the role of the local meteorologist from using their expertise and knowledge of local weather patterns to a weather briefer who is no longer responsible for the forecast, but instead disseminates information from the Washington Center. (More)
NWS “evolution” may result in Position Downgrades
(October 12, 2016) A number of bargaining unit employees appear to be under the misimpression that the recently announced plans to “evolve” or restructure the NWS will not result in downgrades. No such promise has been made by NWS management. In fact, during the September 29 Webinar with employees, the NWS Deputy Director merely stated that “my gut reaction is that pay grades are not going to be lower.”
Indeed, the NWS is not in a position to make such promises, inasmuch as the grades of positions are determined by position classifiers outside the NWS, based on complex and ambiguous OPM classification standards. When duties of an employee’s position are eroded, his or her position is subject to reclassification and downgrade. In such a case, the employee is entitled to retain his or her grade for two years (More)
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)
The NWSEO 41st Annual Convention is going on Now!
(September 26, 2016) watch a Wx Geeks program on NWS vacancies. In the program, aired in early March, Dr. Uccellini talks about how the NWS is handling the vacancy crisis.
This is followed by an NWSEO presentation, a report card on how the NWS is dealing with the vacancies which includes up-to-date vacancy information across the NWS.
Retired NWS Southern Region Director Bill Proenza is the keynote speaker for the NWSEO Convention. Members can watch this live on the NWSEO private Facebook group, too. His presentation is scheduled at 11 a.m. today.
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. (More)
July 14, 2016 NBC 5 Dallas - Computer Outage Disrupts National Weather Service Offices Nationwide
NWS Violates Agreement just 3 Weeks after Signing the MOU– Refuses to Pay PCS Costs during Reassignment
(June 27, 2016) The National Weather Service sought NWSEO’s help to quickly fill vacancies. Now, just three weeks after signing the Memorandum of Understanding with NWSEO, the NWS is repudiating a key section of the agreement. (More)
(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.