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 Commerce, including:
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.
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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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(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.
NWSEO Opposes Trump's Nomination
for Barry Myers as NOAA Administrator
We are writing to express our opposition to the nomination of Mr. Barry Myers, an attorney and CEO of AccuWeather, Inc., as NOAA Administrator. As you know, this position has traditionally been filled by a pre-eminent scientist, and by that standard alone, Mr. Myers is wholly unqualified for the job.
In addition to his lack of scientific qualifications and his absence of any background in oceans, research, fisheries, environmental satellites, which constitute a majority of NOAA's programs and budget Mr. Myers' nomination would present a host of conflicts of interests. As NOAA Administrator, hew would be in a postiion to fundamentally alter the nature of weather services that NOAA provides the nation to the benfit of his family-owned business.
(September 23, 2017) A proposal for a new membership recruitment incentive was passed at the National Council Meeting held on September 20, 2017. Any newly hired employee (NWS, NESDIS, AOC, AOML, NAG new hires) who joins NWSEO by Form 1187 within three months of their start date, or during an Onboarding course or its equivalent, will receive a $300 rebate, effective beginning September 21, 2017 and continuing through December 31, 2018.
“Our membership continues to grow and we want to encourage our new hires and provide assistance to them as they are just starting out in their career,” stated NWSEO Central Regional Chair Jim Lee in his proposal and discussion of his experience with onboarding courses and recruitment work.
(September 14, 2017) On Wednesday, the House of Representatives approved two amendments to the Commerce section of the Omnibus Appropriations Act which restored funding for the Information Technology Officers and the Climate Prediction Center, which had earlier been eliminated by the House Appropriations Committee as part of the President’s budget. The amendments were offered by Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL) and Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) at NWSEO’s request. The first amendment restored funding for the Information Technology Officers at each WFO. These positions have been the subject of annual proposed reductions, but this year is the first time the House Appropriations Committee approved elimination of the ITOs. The second amendment restored funding for the NWS’s Climate Prediction Center. Earlier this summer, the Appropriations Committee approved the President’s proposal to reduce funding and staff at the CPC, to eliminate the international seasonal forecasting that aids DOD and USAID in famine relief and food security, and to a consolidate of the residual staff with the Weather Prediction Center at NCEP. (More)
The NWSEO 42nd Annual National Convention scheduled for St. Petersburg, FL on September 18 and 19 will go on as planned. NWSEO Excecutive Vice President Bill Hopkins stated, "we have been in contact with the Vinoy Renaissance, and they are open for business. They were very fortunate; Irma did no major damage to the hotel or the area where the hotel is located. They had a couple of trees down and did not experience any storm surge. The Convention will go on as planned. Hope to see you all there!"
Membership: We’re having a HEAT WAVE!
(July 31, 2017) NWSEO Membership continues to Heat UP as we push to reach the very TOP of our Membership Thermometer and our goal of 200 new members! Many members have joined because of the continuous work of NWSEO. Recently, the Senate Appropriations Committee rejected the Administration’s proposal to eliminate the ITOs at the NWS Forecast Offices and to cut the staffs of the Climate Prediction Center and Tsunami Warning Centers in FY18. The Committee approved funding NWS operations in FY 18 at 1% above this year’s level and at 5% above the level requested by the Administration, rejecting each and every proposed cut to NWS operations. The Senate Appropriation Committee also blasted the NWS for failing to fill NWS. These recent successes are all due to those who are NWSEO members. No one cares for the NWS better than NWS employees.
NEW INCENTIVE for YOU
Any New Member who joins by form 1187 between July 31st and August 31st will receive $100 Dues Rebate Check OR *$100 Gift Card (YOUR CHOICE).
And, the NWSEO Recruiter will receive $50 Rebate Check OR *$50 Gift Card (YOUR CHOICE).
NWSEO Lobbying saves ITO's and CPC and Tsunami Warning Centers
Senate Committee Slams the NWS Concerning the
High Number of Vacancies
(July 27, 2017) The Senate Appropriations Committee today rejected the Administration’s proposal to eliminate the ITOs and to cut the staffs of the Climate Prediction Center and Tsunami Warning Centers. The Committee approved funding NWS operations in FY 18 at 1% above this year’s level and at 5% above the level requested by the Administration, rejecting each and every proposed cut to NWS operations.
The Committee also blasted the NWS for failing to fill NWS vacancies, writing:
“The Committee is very concerned with the continued number of NWS employee vacancies. Given the importance of the NWS mission to protect the lives and property of our Nation’s citizens, extended vacancies are unacceptable – particularly when the Committee has provided more than adequate resources and direction to fill vacancies expeditiously for the past several years. Because NWS has failed to respond to the Committee’s concerns regarding these vacancies, NOAA is directed to present a separate accounting of all NWS filled and open positions, including the length of time the positions have been unfilled, in its fiscal year 2018 spend plan. The spend plan shall also include the specific funding proposed for all NWS employees and associated expenses that are separate from other program costs." (More)
NWS Violates the Collective Bargaining Agreement
in an Attempt to Terminate It
(July 26, 2017) NWSEO filed a union grievance in response to the improper termination of the 2001 Collective Bargaining Agreement by the National Weather Service. The NWS willfully chose to ignore Article 29 Section 3 of the CBA, which states in part: “If at the end of the 90-calendar day period an agreement has not been reached and the services of neither FMCS nor FSIP have been invoked, either party may, upon written notification to the other, terminate any or all sections of the Agreement.” The NWS cited this section in their attempted CBA termination. Recent attempts by the NWSEO to involve the FMCS in the stalled negotiations have failed because the NWS refused the services stating that "the parties are making progress in negotiations on their own." “The NWS all-hands email states, you should continue business as usual,” stated Dan Sobien, NWSEO President.
Sobien notes: “We find it very disturbing that even allowing for their misreading of our CBA, that the NWS would send out a press release, contact Congress, send an all hands email and involve the Secretary of Commerce in something that is old news since the CBA was actually re-opened two years ago and we contacted FMCS during the timeframe specified in the CBA.”(More)
Department of Commerce List of All NWS Vacancies
Confirms NWSEO statements: 668 Vacant Positions
(July 12, 2017) The National Weather Service has 668 vacant positions and these numbers continue to grow. The information, in response to a Freedom of Information Act request from NWSEO General Counsel Richard Hirn, confirms what NWSEO has been stating all along: Many forecast offices are struggling to fill emergency essential shifts with the burden placed on the backs of dedicated employees. Overtime work is routine in many offices as emergency essential positions go unfilled for months and sometimes years.
The Department of Commerce Workforce Management Office response to NWSEO’s FOIA request includes the following documents, with information as recent as April 12, 2017, confirming a total of 668 vacant NWS positions. This response provides an identification of every vacant position in the NWS by location and job title/position/occupational series.(More)
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