(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.
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!
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.
Collective Bargaining Agreement Negotiations -
NWS Negotiators Walk Out
(November 25, 2015) Three days into negotiations for ground rules for the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, NWS negotiators canceled further bargaining sessions with union negotiators. The parties met on November 17-19 for ground rules negotiations with the dates Dec. 1 – 3 reserved for another bargaining session. Despite the complexity of the issues, the teams were making steady progress with verbal agreements on 12 of the 23 ground rules provisions. Instead of fulfilling the agreed upon terms for the second meeting to complete ground rules negotiations, NWS negotiators canceled the second week of meetings and stated that unless the union accepted their proposal the NWS negotiators would declare impasse. (More)
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NWSEO Wants You to Help Create Your New CBA
(November 6, 2015) NWSEO and the NWS are in the beginning stages of the negotiations for the new contract between both parties. NWSEO wants to stress that this is your CBA and every NWSEO member has a voice in shaping the future of the NWS. All NWSEO members are encouraged to provide input for NWSEO negotiations on the new contract.
Summary of the CBA NEGOTIATIONS – NWSEO MEMBER INPUT PROCESS
Several times a week, your steward will receive an email with one or more articles from the current NWS-NWSEO CBA.
The steward will forward the email to only the NWSEO members in your office. Members are asked to provide ideas and suggestions to improve the specific articles mentioned in the email. Please reply within 3 days to keep the process moving.
Please include the correct article numbers in the email subject line.
If a member comments late, you can still submit it or post it on the NWSEO Facebook site using #CBAmemberinput
Remember, you have to be an NWSEO member in order to have a say in the NWSEO-NWS negotiations. Please participate – This is your opportunity to have a voice in the future of the National Weather Service.
Please encourage new NWSEO membership and work to recruit new members in your office. (More)
Long-time NWSEO Member David Ondrejik Needs Medical Leave Donations -
You Can Help with the Voluntary Leave Transfer Program
(October 19, 2015) David Ondrejik, a long-time NWSEO member and Senior Hydrologist at the NWS Middle Atlantic River Forecast Center, is in need of medical leave donations.(More)
National Weather Service Employees Tethered by Illegal Gag Orders - Special Counsel Asked to Reverse Recent Raft of Blanket Nondisclosure Policies
(October 8, 2015) Washington, DC — National Weather Service employees face growing restrictions on their ability to disclose information about the inner workings of their agency, according to a complaint filed today by the National Weather Service Employees Organization (NWSEO) and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). They contend these gag orders are illegal and are pressing U.S. Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner to lift these nondisclosure policies and take action against responsible officials.
A key provision of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2012 curbed the use of blanket nondisclosure policies or agreements, otherwise known as “gag orders,” implemented by federal agencies. The act lays out specific exceptions which must be included as a part of any such confidentiality directive. (More)
NWSEO National Convention 40 Years Strong
The National Weather Service Employees Organization celebrated its 40 year anniversary at the national convention in Alexandria, Virginia on September 26 and 27. Read all of the convention news.
"Ten years ago this morning, National Weather Service meteorologist Robert Ricks faced a dilemma. As the forecast coordinator that day for the Slidell, Louisiana, office—which has responsibility for New Orleans—he needed to find a way to convey the urgency and seriousness of the situation his region would face the next day as Hurricane Katrina made landfall. Here is what he came up with:" (More)
What NWS won’t tell you about plans for the future.
(August 21, 2015) For the first time in the history of NWSEO, the agency is requiring union representatives to sign a confidentiality agreement before proceeding on a national team. The agency’s much touted Organization Workforce Analysis (OWA), designed to evaluate your jobs and shape the future of the NWS, is requiring a signed confidentiality agreement from NWSEO participants along with all participants on the OWA teams. This veil of secrecy is becoming routine in working with agency leaders. Last May, NWSEO told you about a “gag order” that the Department of Commerce insisted on for NWSEO grievance settlements. (More)
Operations and Workforce Analysis Project Update McKinsey Visits Central Region – NWSEO Provides Input and Asks the Tough Questions
(July 23, 2015) McKinsey & Company, is mid-way through their site visits of NWS offices. This week, McKinsey & Company visited Central Region Headquarters and MBRFC. NWSEO Central Region Chair Jim Sieveking attended the meetings and reported the following to NWSEO: (More)
NWS to Renegotiate its Contract with Employees
NWSEO sends out a Recruitment “All Call” to Strengthen Membership
(July 16, 2015) Today, the National Weather Service officially notified NWSEO of its plans to renegotiate the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The CBA specifically states the rights and obligations of the employer, employees, and union, including staffing structure and levels, leave policies, rules for discipline, and how and when grievances can be filed.
“Make no mistake, the Agency is not renegotiating the CBA to make your work life better,” said NWSEO President Dan Sobien. (More)
(August 27, 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.