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4,000 employees of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
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The forecasters, technicians and support personnel of the National Weather Service, the nation's official source for the weather forecasts and warnings;
The technicians who track and command the nation's weather satellites from Wallops Island, Virginia and Suitland, Maryland;
The civilian crew of the "Hurricane Hunter" aircraft base in Lakeland, Florida;
The attorneys in NOAA's Office of General Counsel, who are responsible for enforcing laws that protect the nation's environment and natural resources;
The hurricane researchers and other scientists and support personnel at the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meterological Laboratory in Key Biscayne, Florida.
(February 16, 2018) Meet Shawn Weagle, NWSEO Steward and Lead Forecaster at the National Weather Service Portland, Oregon.Shawn, tell us about your work. I've been a lead forecaster at WFO Portland since 2009. I consider myself very lucky to have been hired into the National Weather Service in the first place. I was a contractor for Raytheon and SAIC, testing ASOS sensors in Sterling, VA. After a few years in the Washington DC metro area, I wanted to move somewhere less busy and more scenic. I decided to look for jobs around upstate New York and Vermont, and sure enough there was an intern slot open at WFO Burlington, Vermont. (More)
(November 27, 2017) Meet Jerry Steiger, MOBEU Meteorological Technician for the National Weather Service Alaska Region. Jerry, tell us about your work. I accepted this job 2 ½ years ago after the Alaska region eliminated my previous position as the Meteorologist in Charge of the Weather Service Office in Nome, AK. I really like working in rural Alaska, thus the reason to take this position as a MOBEU and fill in for any of the 10 WSO’s throughout Alaska. (More)
(October 11, 2017) “Slicing through the eyewall of a hurricane, buffeted by howling winds, blinding rain and violent updrafts and downdrafts before entering the relative calm of the storm’s eye, repeating the often grueling experience again and again during the course of an 8 -10 hour mission.” I first read this online (www.omao.noaa.gov) before touring with NWSEO AOC Steward at their new, spacious location in Lakeland, FL. This is the world of Todd Richards, and Aircraft Operations Center employees, Captain Hann and so many we had the opportunity to meet. We thought this was great timing to write NWSEO’s first “Member Spotlight,” showcasing the work, dedication and talent of a member, inspiring others and connecting all of our union members. (More)
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Elko Nevada Member and CBA Negotiator Delyne Kirkham
meeting with Senator Heller of Nevada.
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!
The Four Winds for 2018 are located on the Member News page.
(May 31, 2017) 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.
(March 20, 2018) NWSEO Membership is bringing back the big red thermometer for our upcoming recruitment drive. Members will be able to view our progress on the NWSEO website and on our private NWSEO Facebook page. There are over 2000 NWS employees who are not yet active, supporting members of NWSEO! We strongly encourage you, as an active member, to invite just one other co-worker to join NWSEO and support the important work of our NWSEO leaders, our General Counsel, our CBA team and our many Regional Chairs and Stewards. We work together to lobby Congress and the Administration, improve the working conditions, participate in collective bargaining, and preserve the jobs of each and every employee of our five bargaining units. We have a minority of members serving a majority of employees! It’s imperative that we create a stronger union. Enrollment Incentive for new members and recruiters(More)
NWSEO: Federal Arbitrator Rules Department of Commerce Illegally Terminated Forecasters' Union Contract
(March 1, 2018) - In the first major labor showdown of the Trump Administration, Labor Arbitrator Laurence Evans today ruled that the U.S. Department of Commerce illegally terminated its collective bargaining agreement with the National Weather Service Employees Organization, the union that represents the forecasters, technicians and other support personnel at NWS offices nationwide. Evans ordered the National Weather Service to rescind the notice of termination it sent to the union in July 2017.
At the arbitration hearing, held last December in Silver Spring, Maryland, the Deputy Director of the National Weather Service testified that the decision to terminate the union’s contract was made in consultation with and received the personal approval of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.(More)
Administration Officially Proposes to
Eliminate 20% of Forecaster Positions
and Reduce Hours of Operations at WFOs February 20, 2018
(February 20, 2018) The budget submitted to Congress last week will eliminate funding for 248 forecaster positions at the WFOs. According to the budget justification submitted to Congress by NOAA, this will “allow[ ] for certain offices to reduce operation times.”
Although NWS employees have repeatedly been assured that NWS Evolve was not aimed at reducing staff, NOAA has now told Congress that “[t]his workforce savings is the initial step of implementing OWA recommendations.” The agency also told Congress that it “prefers to reduce positions only through attrition,” but doesn’t promise to do so. (As of February 15, there were 120 forecaster vacancies, according to NWSEO’s count).
According to the Budget Justification, “operation times at various offices will be reduced,” and that this creates a “potential risk to the public and partners,” which they hope to “minimize” by “collaborating[ing] with other NWS offices for met watch and services during off hours.” They claim that this “operational change is similar to the backup practice used today when there is a system or communication failure of an office.” (More)
MIC in Alaska Region WFO Uses Type of Work Schedule as SOLE Reason to Deny Employee Annual Leave Requests and Deny Reinstatement of Resulting Use or Lose Leave
(February 15, 2018) Picture requesting to take your hard-earned annual leave so you can spend time with your family during the holidays, and having it denied, putting you in a “use or lose” leave situation. Since you have denied leave, you request reinstating this “use or lose” leave, and that is also denied. While at the same time, your office’s MIC took 80 hours of her own leave and spent the holidays with her family? Welcome to the reality of WFO Fairbanks, Alaska. (More)
President's Budget will create a "Perfect Storm" for Weather Forecasts and Warnings
Contains 8% cut to National Weather Service funding and elimination of hundreds of forecasters
WASHINGTON, Feb. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The President's budget acknowledges the importance of NWS to protecting lives and property-
"Advance notice provided by weather forecasts enables the Nation's leaders, decision makers, and media to provide better warnings and advisories to first responders, the public, and businesses. Getting this right reduces the catastrophic loss of human life and property and the damaging effects on the national economy."
Efficient, Effective, Accountable: An American Budget - Fiscal Year 2019, at 30. However, the President's budget proposes a cut of 8% to funding for the National Weather Service next fiscal year, compared to FY 2017 enacted levels ($1,191 million vs. $1,097 million). See Appendix to Budget for Fiscal Year 2019 at 190-92.
These savings will be achieved by cutting 355 additional forecasters and other operational staff beyond the hundreds of operational positions that are already vacant, and closing forecast offices at night and weekends. (More at Media Center)
Stay Healthy & Receive $300 Rebate
National Weather Service Health Club and Wellness Services Fees Reimbursement Program Plus NWSEO Membership Rewards
Forms should be submitted by Wednesday, February 28, 2018. NWS may provide a later date this year, however, we suggest to submit these forms prior to February 28, 2018.
(February 8, 2018) The New Year often inspires us to make healthy resolutions and plans to stay in shape. The NWSEO negotiated National Weather Service Health Club and Wellness Services Fees Reimbursement Program makes it easier to also keep your health club costs low. Through the program, which is open to all NWS employees, you may receive up to $300 per year as a health club membership dues rebate. The rebate also covers certain weight loss and smoking cessation programs. In order to be eligible for the programs, it is important that the correct forms are submitted before the due dates.
Form A must be submitted between January 1, 2018 and February 28, 2018 to receive benefits for 2018.
Form B must be submitted between January 1, 2018 and February 28, 2018 for reimbursement for the year 2017.
Remember, this health club and wellness benefit is available to you solely because of the work of NWSEO. It is just one more way to demonstrate the strength and benefits your membership provides.(More)
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NWSEO-NOAA AOC Establish Fitness and Wellness
Promotion for Employees
(February 1, 2018) NWSEO and the NOAA Aircraft Operations Center (AOC) have negotiated a Physical Fitness and Wellness Promotion Program to establish policy to authorize NOAA AOC employee’s excused leave for physical fitness and wellness. A healthy and physically fit workforce will enhance the missions of civilians and officers who work to manage and operate NOAA’s fleet of 16 research and survey ships and nine aircraft of the Office of Marine and Aviation Operation (OMAO). OMAO ships and aircraft provide information from hurricanes, navigation hazards and aerial images of disaster for emergency workers and the American public.
The Memorandum of Agreement on the Physical Fitness and Wellness Promotion Program is the result of the collaborative efforts of AOC NWSEO members and AOC management’s willingness to provide the employees the best quality of work life possible. “We are grateful to Todd Richards and labor relations at AOC for their hard work negotiating and obtaining this tangible benefit on behalf of all NOAA AOC employees,” noted Dan Sobien, NWSEO National President. (More)
*For the full MOU, please click the link above or visit our Library
For many years now, NWSEO leaders and members have been working together to educate, encourage, lobby, and remain present in media across the nation for the NWS to hire new employees to help our under-staffed offices. We are just beginning to see the results. Hundreds of newly hired employees are expected to enter the NWS in 2018.
Eastern Region has reported 31 new hires by April 2018.
NWSEO Stewards and Members! Here are a few resources and incentives you can use to invite any new hire in your office to join NWSEO.
Contact Christy Fox to set up a GoTo Meeting with your office. Work together and share ideas to build your membership. Call (202) 907-3036 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
NWSEO is continuing to run a recruitment drive offering a $300 incentive to any new hire who joins by Form 1187 within three months of their start date, or during the On Boarding course or its equivalent, continuing through December 31, 2018. The $300 rebate check is mailed to the new hire’s home address within 7 business days.
New Hires can join and receive the $300 Health Club Reimbursement with theNWSEO Negotiated Health Club and Wellness Services Fees Reimbursement Program. (More on Recruitment Page)
OPM FURLOUGH GUIDANCE
Please find OPM’s current furlough guidance at this website link along with other relevant information related to a lapse in appropriations and furlough:
The shutdown furlough guidance is quite comprehensive so I encourage you to review. A few of the questions that may be of interest are:
Question B5, page 2, addresses employee notification of their status. Since each situation will very, this is left up to agencies.
Question D1, page 6, addresses pay for excepted employees who perform work during a shutdown.
Question D3, page 6, addresses pay for employees for hours worked prior to a lapse in appropriations.
Question F1, page 8, addresses paid time off (e.g. annual leave, sick leave, etc.) during a shutdown.
Questions F2, 2a, 2b and 7 may also be instructive.
Question P2 and 2a, page 26, address how employees can receive furlough notices.
Question P9 addresses employees on travel during a lapse in appropriations. (More)
(November 20, 2017) According to information provided to NWSEO in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, the National Weather Service failed to spend $57,144,743 of the amount it was appropriated for fiscal year 2017, despite the fact that there were well over 600 vacant positions by the end of the fiscal year. $25 million of this amount remains available for the NWS to spend in the current fiscal year (in addition to the sums appropriated under the current continuing resolution) and $32 million remains available for the NWS to spend until September 30, 2018. The amount of remaining funds appropriated by Congress for various “programs, projects and activities” varies from “PPA” to “PPA.” However, under Section 505 of the Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Act, these amounts can be transferred by the agency from one program to another with 15 days notification to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. At the end of FY 17, $11 million remained in the account “Analyze, Forecast and Support,” and $7 million remained in the account “Observations,” which are the two PPAs from which most employees’ salaries are paid.
The NWS also has ended the previous four fiscal years with substantial unspent carry-over funds despite a growing vacancy rate: FY 2016 -$66.6 million; FY 2015 - $52.5 million; FY 2014 - $125.3 million; FY 2013 - $144.3 million.
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