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
technicians and support personnel of the National Weather Service, the
nation's official source for weather forecasts and warnings;
The technicians who track and command the nation's weather satellites from Wallops Island, Virginia;
The civilian crews of the "Hurricane Hunter" aircraft based in Tampa, 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;
researchers and other scientists and support personnel at the Atlantic
Oceanographic and Meteorological 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!
Four Winds for 2016 are located on the Member News page.
(June 21, 2017) The 2017 NWSEO steward elections are underway. Nominations for Steward and Vice Steward were due on June 2. If more than one member was nominated for Steward or Vice Steward of any branch office, the current steward is responsible for preparing a ballot and mailing those ballots to each member’s home address by July 7, 2017. (More)
NWSEO Letter to House and Senate Appropriations Committees supports funding and staffing at
NWS, NESDIS, and AOC
NWSEO Letter to House and Senate Appropriations committees
(June 19, 2017) The Administration proposes a reduction of 107 employees and nearly $80 million in Operations, Research and Facilities in the NOAA FY18 Budget. NWSEO strongly opposes these cuts and is working to continue full funding of the National Weather Service and the Bargaining Units we represent.
In NWSEO’s letter to the members of the House and Senate Appropriations committees, the Union cites an already dangerous 11 percent vacancy rate and highlights the degradation of service that will occur under the proposed to plans to merge the Tsunami Warning Centers, eliminate the ITO position, and reduce staff and funding at the NWS’s Climate Prediction Center. NWSEO also supports funding and staffing at the NESDIS, Office of Satellite Products and Operations and funding for the Aircraft Operations Center which recently forced to relocate from the MacDill AFB in Tampa to the Lakeland Regional Airport.
GAO Report sought by NWSEO confirms the vacancy rate is much higher than NWS management claims;
And that labor money has been diverted to other uses.
(June 6, 2017)The Government Accountability Office has released a study that confirms the vacancy rate in NWS operational units has reached a point where NWS employees are “unable at times to perform key tasks.” The GAO also found that NWS “staff experienced stress, fatigue and reduced morale resulting from their efforts to cover for vacancies” due to lack of time off and a loss of training. According to the GAO, NWS managers admit “that employees are fatigued and morale is low” and that employees “were demoralized because they had to cover the workload for multiple vacancies.”
This GAO study was requested in 2015 on behalf of NWSEO by three NWSEO allies on the House Science Committee (More)
Officials at the Government Accountability Office reported this week that an extensive hiring backlog at the National Weather Service has led to burnout among meteorologists at the agency, who are frequently shifting schedules and working overtime.
NWS plays a vital role in tracking weather across the country (More)
2017 NWSEO Elections Nominations for Steward, Vice Steward, Delegate and Alternate Delegate are Due TODAY
(June 2, 2017) This is a reminder that nominations for Steward, Vice Steward, Delegate and Alternate Delegate are due today. In April, NWSEO mailed the 2017 Election Letter to your home and through NWSEO email to all of our members. The letter is posted at: http://nwseo.org/convention.php and includes a wealth of information on 2017 Elections, nomination procedures, and the 2017 Annual NWSEO Convention.
If you wish to nominate yourself or someone else as branch steward or vice-steward, convention delegate or alternate delegate, you must notify your current local branch steward and regional chair in writing no later than Friday, June 2, 2017. Email nominations are acceptable. There are no elections for regional office in 2017.(More)
The President’s Budget Takes Huge Cut at NWS Operations
(May 27, 2017) A short time ago, the NWS Director issued an all hands email claiming that the President’s budget request “preserves the programs that enable us to meet our mission of protecting lives and property and enhancing the national economy” and “also supports our workforce.” However, the President’s budget proposal actually cuts $84 million in NWS programs and eliminates the jobs of 107 NWS employees.
(April 21, 2017) The 2017 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 branch office positions and to participate in elections. Local office elections include the positions: Branch Steward and Vice Steward, Delegate and Alternate Delegate.
(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.
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