NWSEO is the only organization with the ability to lobby Congress and the Administration to preserve NWS jobs, promote better working conditions and career promotions for NWS, and participate in collective bargaining.
is the labor organization and professional association that represents
4,000 employees of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
in the U.S. Department of
technicians and support personnel of the National Weather Service, the
nation's official source for weather forecasts and warnings;
The technicians who track and command the nation's weather satellites from Wallops Island, Virginia;
The civilian crews of the "Hurricane Hunter" aircraft based in Tampa, 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;
researchers and other scientists and support personnel at the Atlantic
Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory in Key Biscayne, Florida.
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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!
The President’s Budget Takes Huge Cut at NWS Operations
(May 27, 2017) A short time ago, the NWS Director issued an all hands email claiming that the President’s budget request “preserves the programs that enable us to meet our mission of protecting lives and property and enhancing the national economy” and “also supports our workforce.” However, the President’s budget proposal actually cuts $84 million in NWS programs and eliminates the jobs of 107 NWS employees.
(April 21, 2017) The 2017 Election Letter is in the mail to NWSEO members. As an added convenience, we are posting the letter at http://nwseo.org/convention.php. The Elections Letter details the procedures to nominate NWSEO members for NWSEO branch office positions and to participate in elections. Local office elections include the positions: Branch Steward and Vice Steward, Delegate and Alternate Delegate.
NESDIS Office of Satellite Products and Operations hires Non-government Contractors to fill Full Time Positions – Violating the Federal Hiring Freeze
(April 10, 2017) The NESDIS Office of Satellite Products and Operations (OSPO) has hired several contractors, instead of federal employees, as satellite controllers in order to avoid the President’s hiring freeze. NWSEO immediately filed a complaint with the Department of Commerce Inspector General. (More)
View the List of NWS Positions Exempt from the Hiring Freeze -
And Hiring Freeze Final Guidance distributed to NWS Managers
(April 4, 2017) National Weather Service Managers received Hiring Exemption Guidelines on March 30, the day after the Department of Commerce’s approval of a NWS/NESDIS group exemption request that allows NWS to fill positions essential to public safety. Managers are told they may only distribute the guidelinesverbally. They include the following positions the NWS is approved to recruit and hire. (More)
Congress passes “Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act” -
Two provisions benefit NWSEO represented employees.
(April 4, 2017) On Tuesday, Congress gave final approval to a comprehensive bill affecting weather related programs in several NOAA line offices. If signed by the President, two sections of the new law may provide enhanced employment opportunities in the NWS and at the NOAA Aircraft Operations Center, whose civilian employees are represented by NWSEO.
Working with allies in the Senate and House, NWSEO is responsible for including Section 410 in the Act, which will require the NWS to annually provide a report to Congress on the use of contractors at the NWS. Presently, there are approximately 1,000 contractors who are employed by the NWS rather than civil service employees, often through the use of illegal personal service contracts. The NWS will be required to report to Congress and publish on the Internet. (Full Article)
(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.
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