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!
National Academy of Public Administration Report for the NWS and U.S. Congress
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NWS Hires Consultant to “reframe the relationship” with NWSEO; Neglects to Include or Inform NWSEO in the Decision Process
(August 4, 2014) After years of blatant refusals to work with NWSEO on pressing issues, the National Weather Service hires a consulting firm to forge a partnership with the union. In an August 1 All Hands Email, National Weather Service Director Louis Uccellini announced the procurement of Overland Resources Group as the solution to the NAPA report’s recommendation to include NWSEO in decisions regarding staffing for the “effective and efficient delivery of weather, water, and climate products and services.”
“The irony of it is that NWSEO was not included in any recent discussions or decisions to hire this group,” says NWSEO President Dan Sobien. “NWSEO has long maintained the desire (More)
Senate, House Reject NOAA’s Plans to Eliminate ITOs
and Approve Additional Funding for NWS Operations
(June 6, 2014) On Thursday, the Senate Appropriations Committee joined the House of Representatives in approving more funding for the National Weather Service than requested by the Administration, and in rejecting the Administration’s ill-informed proposal to eliminate the Information Technology Officers at each WFO. This marks the third year in a row that NWSEO has achieved a legislative victory against the Administration’s efforts to further reduce NWS field staff. (More)
Noncompetitive hardship transfer takes job from qualified HMT -NWSEO works for fair treatment.
(June 6, 2014) The National Weather Service’s misuse of the negotiated Hardship Transfer Program proceeds to arbitration after the agency denied a NWSEO grievance. At issue is a Western Region OPL position that was refused to the qualified in-house HMT and instead was assigned noncompetitively to a non-HMT employee who used the Hardship Transfer program. (More)
NWS Wastes Taxpayer DollarsAppealing a Decision that Promotes Employee Health and Safety
(June 5, 2014) Promoting employee health and safety or attorney fees on a meritless appeal - Where would you target your efforts and resources if you were the Assistant Administrator of the National Weather Service?
This stack of papers is the NWS’s appeal filed by the General Counsel of the Department of Commerce in an attempt to overturn Arbitrator Mariann Schick's decision that orders the NWS to reinstate the disposable kitchen items in your break rooms.
Ms. Schick also found that the agency committed an unfair labor practice, in violation of the Federal Service Labor Management Relations Statute, (More)
The National Weather Service Falls Short - Yet Again - on Forecasting and Communications Technology
(June 3, 2014) The National Weather Service’s refusal to innovate sets the agency further behind worldwide weather warnings technology and communications. The Australian government’s release of weather applications for public use has NWS employees dismayed in their own agency’s refusal to allow innovation and advances in technology for our nation’s public access. (More)
(June 9, 2014) 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 28, 2014) The 2014 Election Letter is in the mailto NWSEO members. As an added convenience, the letter is posted here. The Elections Letter details the procedures to nominate NWSEO members for NWSEO offices and to participate in elections for local offices. This year, there will be elections for Regional Chair and Regional Vice Chair, as well as Branch Steward and Vice Steward, Delegate and Alternate Delegate.
Information for the 2014 National Convention is included in the Elections Letter. All NWSEO members are invited to attend. This year, the 39th annual NWSEO Convention is in Kansas City, Missouri on Sunday and Monday, October 26 - 27, 2014. (More)
May 22, 2014: NWS Storm Warnings Missed Due to Technical Difficulties
NWSEO Member Dan Clark Needs Medical Leave Donations -
You Can Help with the Voluntary Leave Transfer Program
(May 21, 2014) Dan J. Clark, a longtime member of NWSEO is in need of medical leave donations after suffering a work-related injury affecting his neck, back, and spine. Dan is a Facilities Engineering Tech in Portland, Oregon.
NWSEO Members have always been generous with annual leave donations for co-workers in need. If you are interested in donating leave for Dan Clark, you may complete the 630A Form at this link: http://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/opm630a.pdf
Please make sure the form is signed by you and that Dan J. Clark is named as the recipient and then submit it to your ASA. (More)
NWSEO Segment on NBC TODAY Show NWSEO Garners National Media Attention on
NWS Staffing Shortages
(May 14, 2014) NWSEO’s efforts to highlight critical staffing shortages of Emergency Essential Employees has garnered results on a national scale, including a live shot and segment on the NBC TODAY Show on Friday, May 9. We are still working with national media on this effort and expect more news stories to air within the week. Here are links to recent stories as a result of this effort: