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
Your Local Forecast The Only Union Produced Weather Forecast
Enter City, State,
or Zip Code
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!
Erroneous “restart” dates are delaying step increases.
If you have been temporarily promoted, check your step increase anniversary date.
(January 20, 2015) The NOAA Workforce Mismanagement Office is erroneously restarting the waiting period for within grade step increases after employees’ temporary promotions.
NWSEO will be filing a consolidated grievance on behalf of any NWS employee who has not received a timely step increase as a result of WFMO’s errors, as well as those employees whose SF50s indicate that WFMO restarted the clock for the one, two, or three year waiting period for a step increase following a temporary promotion. (More)
(January 20, 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.
National Weather Service ends 2014 with a $35 million carry-over in funds used to hire employees –
Meanwhile the agency rolls the dice on mission critical functions due to understaffing
(January 16, 2015) As front line emergency essential employees of the National Weather Service struggle with vacancies across the country, the agency is sitting on a healthy stack of carry over funds from FY 14. The two accounts from which virtually all NWS employees are funded, “Local Warnings and Forecasts” and “Central Forecast Guidance” have $35,379,173 combined carry over funds from FY14. Meanwhile, the number of non-supervisory, non-managerial employees at the NWS fell from 3,877 to 3,495 between September 2010 and December 2014 - reflecting a 10 percent reduction in a predominately classified “emergency-essential” workforce. (More)
National Weather Service Health Club and Wellness Services Fees Reimbursement Program - Stay Healthy and Receive a $300 Rebate
(January 6, 2015) The New Year often inspires us to make healthy resolutions and plans to stay in shape. The NWSEO negotiated National Weather Service Health Club and Wellness Services Fees Reimbursement Program helps you keep your health club costs low. (More)
Form A must be submitted between January 1, 2015 and February 28, 2015 to receive benefits for 2015. Form B must be submitted between January 1, 2015 and February 28, 2015 for reimbursement for the year 2014.
National Weather Service Southern Region Director X. William Proenza Retires
NWSEO congratulates Southern Region Director Bill Proenza on his retirement from the National Weather Service after 51 years of service. A graduate of Florida State University, Mr. Proenza began his career at the National Hurricane Center in Miami as a flight meteorologist. His career path includes a diverse array of field and leadership positions throughout the United States. Proenza served as NWS Director of the Southern Region from 1998 - 2014, filling in as Director of the National Hurricane Center in 2006. (More)
Arbitrator Sharnoff issues Hiring Freeze Decision - Seven Months Late
Employees at almost all federal agencies were impacted by the 2013 sequestration in three ways: hiring was frozen; discretionary performance awards were terminated; and employees at most agencies, including the Department of Defense, were furloughed. (More)
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.
Four Winds for 2013 are located on the Member News page.