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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Four Winds for 2013 are located on the Member News page.
(February 18, 2015) 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.
(May 19, 2015) The House Appropriations Committee has released its report detailing proposed funding for the Department of Commerce for FY 16. The bill, which will receive final approval from the Committee on Wednesday, May 20, will fully fund the National Weather Service operations at $968 million. This is $4 million over the President’s budget request. The Committee once again rejected the Administration’s proposal to eliminate the Information Technology Officers. (More)
House Science Committee Democrats seek GAO Study on NWS Understaffing
(May 17, 2015) The Ranking Democrats of three Subcommittees of the House Science Committee have submitted a formal request to the Government Accountability Office to undertake a review of understaffing at the NWS and its impact on NWS employees. The May 8 request, sent by Representatives Dan Lipinski (IL), Suzanne Bonamici, (OR) and Don Beyer (VA), explains that:
“Although the NWS was fully funded in FY 2014, the number of vacant operational positions at Weather Forecast Offices and national forecasting centers continues to grow. According to reports that the NWS has provided to the National Weather Service Employees Organization, between September 2010 and February 2015 the number of non-supervisory, non-managerial employees at the NWS fell from 3877 to 3469. This is a 10% reduction in workforce that is predominately classified as ‘emergency essential.’” (More)
May 14, 2015 NBC 5 Dallas/Fort Worth - Scott Friedman Investigative Report
NWSEO to file follow-up grievance on Erroneous Restart Dates which delay step increases.
If you have been temporarily promoted, check your step increase anniversary date.
(May 12, 2015) The NOAA Workforce Mismanagement Office is erroneously restarting the waiting period for within grade step increases after employees’ temporary promotions. Numerous employees have later discovered that they have not received their scheduled step increases. NWSEO is preparing to file a follow-up consolidated grievance early next week. (More)
(May 4, 2015) The 2015 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 offices and to participate in elections. Local office elections include the positions: Branch Steward and Vice Steward, Delegate and Alternate Delegate. Elections will also be held for National Offices including NWSEO President, Vice President, and Secretary-Treasurer. Elections for the National Offices take place at the 40th Annual National NWSEO Convention in Alexandria Virginia. (More)
NWSEO asks members to participate in the 2015 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. Email distribution of FEVS begins next week.
(April 30, 2015) NWSEO is encouraging members to take part in the 2015 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) administered by the Office of Personnel Management. The survey is open to Department of Commerce employees during the month of May. Next week, eligible NOAA employees will receive an email message from OPM with access to the survey. (More)
NWSEO President Dan Sobien and NWSEO General Counsel Richard Hirn are quoted in support of this innovative weather studio in the NWS Birmingham WFO. From the article:
"The National Weather Service Employees Organization (NWSEO), a labor union, thinks the experiment in Birmingham should be nationalized – with cameras at every NWS office. “Having these pool cameras would help the TV stations and NWS, a win-win,” said Dan Sobien, NWSEO president. “[T]hese pool cameras would create first class briefing stations for emergency managers and first responders when needed.”
“NWSEO believes that the NWS should be the face of dissemination,” added Richard Hirn, counsel for the NWSEO. “That the public should have direct access to us; that they should know where the warnings and forecasts are coming from; and while the private sector can add value to NWS products, the capacity of the private sector should never be a basis for the NWS to decline to directly communicate with the public.”
In Recognition and Appreciation of NWSEO Lifetime Member Chris Robbins
March 24, 2015
The National Weather Service Employees Organization recognizes Chris Robbins, owner of www.iWeatherNet.com for his continuous work to promote the mission of the National Weather Service and NWSEO. Mr. Robbins, a former meteorologist with the National Weather Service before forming his own company, continues to use his marketing expertise to promote the NWS and NWSEO. He designed and built the “Protect the National Weather Service” Facebook page as part of a NWSEO initiative to keep the NWS fully funded in Fiscal Year 2012. In the first year, the page garnered more than 70,000 likes. Mr. Robbins uses his combined expertise in meteorology and social media to engage the members of this active page which now boasts more than 157,000 likes. (More)
Save the Date: The NWSEO 40th Annual National Convention - September 26-27, 2015 (A Saturday-Sunday Event)
(March 18, 2015) This year NWSEO celebrates 40 years of National Weather Service employee representation. We hope you will mark your calendars and join us at the 2015 NWSEO National Convention at the Hilton Alexandria Old Town in Alexandria, Virginia. This year’s event is on Saturday and Sunday, September 26-27.
Set in Alexandria's historic district, this upscale hotel is a 2-minute walk from King Street metro station and close to downtown Washington DC. The hotel was renovated in 2014 and boasts modern, spacious rooms. (More)
(February 22, 2015) NWSEO is asking IMET's to review the Fire Weather Availability Plan draft. It has NOT been agreed to yet. If agreed upon,the plan would be implemented for the entire IMET program for remainder of 2015, evaluating and adjusting as necessary. A review of this plan would then take place after the 2015 season to evaluate and determine whether or not the plan should be continued. (Please note: The above link brings you to the most recent draft of the plan which was revised and provided to NWSEO Communications on Saturday, Feb. 21)
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