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!
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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. The Committee approved $991 million in funding for NWS Operations, Research and Facilities. This is $2.4 million more than FY 16, and $14.8 million more than requested by the Administration.
Of important significance, the Senate Appropriations Committee rejected NOAA’s proposal to eliminate funding for the ITOs in FY 17. However, the Committee indicated that it would favorably approve a future request for a pilot project made up of volunteer ITOs to demonstrate a regional “READI” team approach to providing IT services to WFOs. (More)
(April 20, 2016) NWSEO is preparing to mail the 2016 Elections Letter to all of our members in mid-May. If you have moved in the past year, please send your new home address to NWSEO Membership Director Christy Fox at firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, April 27 to ensure that you receive your Elections Letter. (More)
NWSEO Member Cynthia Chrisman Needs Medical Leave Donations -
You Can Help with the Voluntary Leave Transfer Program
(April 15, 2016) NWSEO member Cynthia Chrisman, a meteorologist at the Radar Operations Center (ROC), is in need of medical leave donations for on-going medical issues that forced her to take leave in October 2015. At this point, she has exhausted all of her leave time.
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)
NWSEO-NWS Contract Negotiations Ground Rules Negotiations Resumes this Week
(March 24, 2016) NWSEO and the NWS are meeting in St. Petersburg, Florida this week to negotiate ground rules for the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. (More)
From left: Delyne Kirkham, Steve Pritchett, Dave Solano, Bill Hopkins, JoAnn Becker, Suzanne Sims, Dan Sobien
Not pictured: John Werner, Robert Ruehl, Nathan Becker
Collective Bargaining Agreement Negotiations
NWSEO Wants You to Help Create Your New CBA
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.
(March 8, 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.