(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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News Release: Weather-related Flight Delays to Increase due to Job Cuts at NWS Chicago
(February 8, 2016) Understaffing at the Chicago National Weather Service office is poised to slow down national air travel. Chicago airports are the first to see the effects of National Weather Service’s decision to eliminate aviation meteorologists who are dedicated to provide weather forecasts and alerts for O’Hare International Airport and Chicago Midway International Airport, and to the FAA in managing flights in and out of the Chicago area. (More)
NWS Changes Met Intern/HMT Hiring Process
Stifles Careers of Hundreds of Current Employees
(February 1, 2016) The NWS’s most recent efforts to speed up the hiring process unfairly penalizes Met Intern/HMT positions and only minimal addresses the problems at Workforce Management. Citing “a significant workload for WFMO staffing specialists to review all the applications for qualifications and eligibility,” NWS management notified NWSEO of a proposal to limit their current practice of simultaneously bidding out Met Intern/HMT positions to bidding “Met Intern GS 5 and GS 7, non-status only.” The proposal makes no mention of filling vacant HMT positions – which eliminates promotion opportunities for employees hoping for these position. The “non-status” change will also strictly limit current Met Intern/HMTs from bidding on GS 5 and GS 7 positions if they wish to transfer from their current office to another NWS office. (More)
NWSEO Negotiated Health Club and Wellness Services Fees Reimbursement Program:
Stay Healthy and Receive a $300 Rebate
Forms must be submitted by February 29, 2016
Form A must be submitted between January 1, 2016 and February 29, 2016 to receive benefits for 2016. Form B must be submitted between January 1, 2016 and February 29, 2016 for reimbursement for the year 2015.
There have been many questions regarding the status of the Health Club and Wellness Services Fee Reimbursement Program since the NWS’s decision to renegotiate the current Collective Bargaining Agreement. This agreement is still in effect. If you would like to see employee-friendly programs such as this, we urge you to continue supporting NWSEO and to ask your co-workers to join our professional organization. This year, more than ever, NWSEO membership is critical to shaping the future of the National Weather Service and your working environment.
(February 10, 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.
NBC5 Investigates: Staff Shortage Left NWS Scrambling To Cover Tornado Outbreak
(December 28, 2015) Our hearts and prayers go out to the families hurt by the North Texas tornadoes. For our Dallas/Ft. Worth NWS team, this is their home and their neighbors who are being impacted.
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NWSEO Wants You to Help Create Your New CBA
(November 6, 2015) NWSEO and the NWS are in the beginning stages of the negotiations for the new contract between both parties. NWSEO wants to stress that this is your CBA and every NWSEO member has a voice in shaping the future of the NWS. All NWSEO members are encouraged to provide input for NWSEO negotiations on the new contract.
Summary of the CBA NEGOTIATIONS – NWSEO MEMBER INPUT PROCESS
Several times a week, your steward will receive an email with one or more articles from the current NWS-NWSEO CBA.
The steward will forward the email to only the NWSEO members in your office. Members are asked to provide ideas and suggestions to improve the specific articles mentioned in the email. Please reply within 3 days to keep the process moving.
Please include the correct article numbers in the email subject line.
If a member comments late, you can still submit it or post it on the NWSEO Facebook site using #CBAmemberinput
Remember, you have to be an NWSEO member in order to have a say in the NWSEO-NWS negotiations. Please participate – This is your opportunity to have a voice in the future of the National Weather Service.
Please encourage new NWSEO membership and work to recruit new members in your office.
Four Winds for 2016 are located on the Member News page.