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.
NWSEO represented employees received an additional $23.85 million dollars as a result of NWSEO actions to mitigate the impact of sequestration during the 2013 furlough. NWSEO lobbying preserved more than $6.85 million in Awards for NWSEO represented employees (1.5% of payroll) during 2013-2015 when other government agencies were either canceled.
CyberSecurity Incident News and Updates
(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!
Member Change of Address Form
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.
(July 18, 2016) The Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer. The Federal Government is a qualifying employer. If you are interested in this program, please click the following link to learn more. https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service
July 14, 2016 NBC 5 Dallas - Computer Outage Disrupts National Weather Service Offices Nationwide
NWS Violates Agreement just 3 Weeks after Signing the MOU– Refuses to Pay PCS Costs during Reassignment
(June 27, 2016) The National Weather Service sought NWSEO’s help to quickly fill vacancies. Now, just three weeks after signing the Memorandum of Understanding with NWSEO, the NWS is repudiating a key section of the agreement.
NWS Management agreed to pay all “Permanent Change of Station” (“PCS”) expenses of employees selected through the internal reassignment process that the parties negotiated. Specifically, the last paragraph on page two of the Memorandum of Understanding reads:
“The NWS agrees to pay all PCS expenses of the employee in accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement, past practice and to the extent allowed by law or Government-wide rule or regulation.”
NWS Management somehow interprets this as, “PCS are at the discretion of the hiring manager/region.” This is the wording NWS used during a webinar presented to employees on June 21, less than three weeks after signing the MOU. Then, in response to a follow up question posted on the “NWS Insider,” management wrote that payment of PCS costs under this lateral reassignment program “is at the discretion of the hiring manager.”
“The Agency’s continuous violation of trust is an issue,” said NWSEO President Dan Sobien, “If you can’t trust NWS management to uphold their part of an agreement they asked us to help draft, how can you trust them with shaping the future of the National Weather Service?” (More)
NWS charged with violations of Federal Labor Law in two separate cases. September trial dates are scheduled.
(June 23, 2016) The General Counsel of the Federal Labor Relations Authority has decided issue formal Complaints against the National Weather Service, charging it with illegally walking out of negotiations with NWSEO is two separate sets of negotiations.
In the first case, the General Counsel of the FLRA has charged that NWS Alaska Region management illegally reduced the hours of operations at the Nome, Barrow and Kodiak WSOs in June 2015 after unilaterally terminating on-going negotiations with NWSEO on the impact that the reduction in hours would have on employees.
In the second case, the General Counsel of the FLRA has decided to issue a complaint alleging that in November 2015, NWS contract negotiators, led by its chief negotiator Ken Brown, illegally terminated bargaining over grounds rules for the parties’ national Collective Bargaining Agreement. Brown, peeved that the union would not capitulate to the agency’s demands, (More)
Jeff Alexander in Glasgow Needs Medical Leave Donations -
You Can Help with the Voluntary Leave Transfer Program
(June 23, 2016) New NWS employee Jeff Alexander is in need of medical leave donations. Jeff recently started work at the Glasgow WFO as an Electronics Technician. He was severely burned in a house fire and is in critical condition at the University of Utah burn unit. More
Congresswoman Gwen Graham visits the Tallahassee Weather Forecast Office to Highlight the beginning of 2016 Hurricane Season - Meets with NWSEO Members
(May 16, 2015) The 2016 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 offices and to participate in elections. Local office elections include the positions: Branch Steward and Vice Steward, Delegate and Alternate Delegate. Elections will also be held for Regional Offices including Regional Chair and Vice Regional Chair for each NWSEO region. Elections for the Regional Offices take place at the 41st Annual National NWSEO Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah. (More)
NWSEO Strong – Membership Powers NWSEO Now, more than ever, we need you.
(April 22, 2016) NWSEO membership fuels our professional organization. This year, increasing our membership numbers is critical to NWSEO’s success as we work to negotiate the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, protect jobs, and fill understaffed offices. We need your help to strengthen our membership base.
The NWSEO Recruitment page includes a wealth of information about NWSEO, along with successful recruiting ideas and job specific highlights of how NWSEO has improved your working conditions. (More)
Senate Appropriations Committee rejects proposal to eliminate ITOs in FY 17 - Supports idea of a Readi Teams Pilot
(April 21, 2016) The Senate Appropriations Committee, today, rejected the Administration's proposal to cut funding for NWS operations in FY 17 by more than $12 million. . (More)
NWSEO works to protect the ITO position
after it is eliminated from the President’s Budget for the 5th year in a row.
(April 6, 2016) The President’s budget for FY17, once again, proposes to eliminate the Information Technology Officer (ITO) position. (More)
(June 7, 2016) 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.