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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(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.
(June 22, 2015) South Dakota Senator John Thune withdrew the original version of bill S. 1573 this morning. Sen. Thune and Hawaii’s Sen. Brian Schatz introduced a substitute version that focuses on severe weather alerts. The new version of the bill, titled “Weather Alerts for a Ready Nation Act of 2015” is expected to be voted on by the Senate Commerce Committee on Thursday, June 25.
“This is good news for the safety of the American public,” said NWSEO President Dan Sobien. “The lifesaving work of National Weather Service employees and their collaboration with emergency managers will continue on a local level, which is where they are most effective.” (More)
Long-time NWSEO Steward and Member Tim Shy Needs Medical Leave Donations -
You Can Help with the Voluntary Leave Transfer Program
(June 19, 2015) Tim Shy, a meteorologist and the NWSEO steward at WFO Albuquerque is in need of medical leave donations. Tim is suffering from a fast-starting brain cancer, glioblastoma. Tim is a long-time member of NWSEO and many of our membership know him from his dedication to his work and attendance at the National NWSEO conventions.
NWSEO Members have always been generous with annual leave donations for co-workers in need. If you are interested in donating leave for Tim Shy, you may complete the 630A Form at this link: http://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/opm630a.pdf
Senate Appropriations Committee Adds
$14 million to NWS, keeps ITOs
(June 11, 2015) On Thursday, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved $977 million for NWS operations for fiscal year 2016, which is $13 million more than requested by the President, and $9 million more than recommended by the House Appropriations Committee in May. Like the House Appropriations Committee, the Senate Appropriations Committee rejected, for the fourth year in a row, the Administration’s request to eliminate the Information Technology Officers at the WFOs. The Committee report states that any proposal to eliminate the ITOs is premature “before a comprehensive review of NWS operations has been completed.”
The future of all appropriations bills remains uncertain as the Congress and the Administration resolve their disagreements over overall non-Defense discretionary funding. However, adequate funding for the NWS seems certain while other NOAA line offices may experience budget reductions.
40th Annual NWSEO Convention and National Elections Update: Nominations are posted on NWSEO.org
(June 9, 2015) Branch elections are underway and NWSEO is preparing for the 40th Annual National Convention. NWSEO National Elections will take place at the convention and NWSEO is now receiving nominations for the positions of President, Vice President, and Secretary-Treasurer. Nominations are posted on the Convention News page of NWSEO.org.
(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)
(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.
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