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.
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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 every year for the past six years.
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!
Member Change of Address Form
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.
(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.
Stealth Weather Service Forecasting Downsize
Local Weather Forecasters Limited to Working “Business Hours”
Washington, DC — The National Weather Service is dramatically shifting away from local forecasting and steadily shrinking its forecaster staff, according to an internal document posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). These steps by the National Weather Service (NWS) have not been presented to Congress or the public, despite apparently being in the works for years.
The changes are outlined in a July 25, 2016 PowerPoint briefing for Bruce Andrews, Deputy Secretary of Commerce, by the NWS Director and Deputy Director. It details how the NWS has experienced a net loss of 500 staff just since FY 2010 and warns that “critical” vacancies “remain unfilled, increasing risk and overtaxing existing workforce…” Rather than filling the vacancies, however, the NWS plans to downsize the capacities of its network of 122 local Weather Forecast Offices by –
· Reducing responsibility for issuing warnings of severe weather down to only 40 offices. For example, the current 10 Forecast Offices in Texas and 6 in Florida that issue warnings for their areas of responsibility would be reduced to only two for each state;
· Cutting staff levels from around 25 employees to office to as few as 3 to 5 employees and eliminating backup, jettisoning need for “each shift to have two staff members”; and
· Shifting from 24/7 coverage to having forecasters only work “business hours." (More)
NWSEO Congratulates JoAnn Becker
2016 recipient of the Kip Robinson Award
(November 8, 2016) NWSEO congratulates JoAnn Becker as the honored recipient of the 2016 Kip Robinson Award. JoAnn, an aviation meteorologist at NCEP’s Aviation Weather Center, also serves as NWSEO’s NCEP Region Chair and is very instrumental in the ongoing CBA negotiations and serves on a number of NWSEO teams. Her insight and continuous support of NWSEO is a large factor in the success of our professional organization.
“No one is more deserving of this award than JoAnn,” said NWSEO President Dan Sobien. “Her cumulative contributions and accomplishments to and for the union are unprecedented.”
“JoAnn’s work ethic and integrity are evident in all that she does. On behalf of NWSEO, we are most appreciative of the work that she does for all members,” said NWSEO Executive Vice President Bill Hopkins. (More)
2017 NWSEO Convention in St. Petersburg, Florida
Recruitment Incentive plus $100 New Member Rebate
($100 Rebate valid through November 30, 2016)
(November 2, 2016) NWSEO is happy to announce the 2017 Annual NWSEO Convention will be at the beautiful the Vinoy Renaissance Resort, St. Petersburg, Florida on September 18-19, 2017 (Monday-Tuesday event). This iconic hotel overlooks Tampa Bay and features the ultimate luxurious retreat along Florida’s West Coast. A vibrant nightlife, museums, and a marina are all walking distance from the resort. The Tampa Bay Rays baseball stadium, Tropicana Field, is just a short drive away (the hotel offers a bus service to and from the games). Here is a look at the resort and surrounding area.
(October 28, 2016) NWSEO has carefully analyzed the National Weather Service’s plans to restructure with a consolidated forecast and part-time offices. NWSEO’s greatest concerns about this plan are degradation of service to the American public as the expertise of the local forecaster is removed from the forecast. The union maintains that the ownership of the forecast must be at the final point of delivery.
The NWSEO Press Kit, emphasizing the importance of the local forecast, includes a wealth of information on the impacts of the NWS Plans to restructure, is now available at: http://nwseo.org/media_center.php.
News Stories on the NWS Plans to Move away from Local Forecasts– Move to Part Time Offices
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)
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.
July 14, 2016 NBC 5 Dallas - Computer Outage Disrupts National Weather Service Offices Nationwide