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.
NWS All Hands Webinar Discloses Plans
To Change Forecaster Duties, Eliminate Jobs, and Cut Office Hours
(September 29, 2016) Instead of filling in excess of 600 vacancies, the NWS announces plans for a Fully Integrated Field Structure (FIFS) will completely change the way the National Weather Service works, NWS leadership presented their initial steps towards restructuring the agency with part-time offices and the possibility of eliminating positions. NWS Director Dr. Louis Uccellini, NWS Deputy Assistant Administrator Laura Furgione, and Chief Operating Office John Murphy presented the Webinar, highlighting the term “Evolve NWS” on September 28 and 29.
The plan envisions “National Centers” producing the probabilistic forecast and assessing guidance leaving local offices to apply observations and forecasts to IDSS (i.e. weather briefer). FIFS could pave the way for the elimination of jobs, as it will allow managers to adjust schedules on an as needed basis, according their needs. Plans include changes to office staffing levels, decreasing office hours from their current 24/7/365 structure, and the elimination of some positions.
The presentation made it clear that the work of all positions would change. As the NWS relies more heavily on National Blended Models, the role of local forecasters and support personnel will also change. Under the FIFS “Frequency of Need” there is a likelihood that local office staffing could fluctuate depending on the season, in addition to overall decreased operating hours. (More)
The NWSEO 41st Annual Convention is going on Now!
Members, please tune into NWSEO's Private Facebook group to watch a Wx Geeks program on NWS vacancies. In the program, aired in early March, Dr. Uccellini talks about how the NWS is handling the vacancy crisis.
This is followed by an NWSEO presentation, a report card on how the NWS is dealing with the vacancies which includes up-to-date vacancy information across the NWS.
Retired NWS Southern Region Director Bill Proenza is the keynote speaker for the NWSEO Convention. Members can watch this live on the NWSEO private Facebook group, too. His presentation is scheduled at 11 a.m. today.
NWSEO Partners with HotelStorm to provide you with Members’ Only Discounts
Benefits will help when Government Rate is not available, May help with Gain Sharing opportunities.
(September 12, 2016) NWSEO is pleased to offer a members’ only cost-savings benefit for travel. NWSEO has teamed up with HotelStorm, for exclusive hotel discounts available only through NWSEO membership. The savings is often 10-55 percent greater than other online travel websites and may prove especially helpful when the government rate is not available due to high hotel occupancy. Additionally, the savings you receive through HotelStorm may also apply to Gain Sharing Travel Savings opportunities with the National Weather Service – putting even more money in your pocket.
Due to contractual agreements, this is an NWSEO membership only perk. Your office steward has the required password. (More)
NWSEO 41st Annual National Convention in Salt Lake City Sunday-Monday, September 25 - 26 Please make your reservation by September 9
(August 31, 2016) We hope you will join us for the 2016 NWSEO National Convention at the Salt Lake City Marriott City Center in Salt Lake City, Utah on Sunday and Monday, September 25 and 26, 2016. In order to get the negotiated room rate of $108 per night, reservations must be made by September 9. Reservations can be made online at: Salt Lake City Marriott City Center or by calling (801) 961-8700. Please mention that you are an NWSEO member and attending the convention in order to get the negotiated room rate.
NWSEO Premieres Facebook Live for Presentation of the “Delegate Voting Amendment”at the National Convention
To attend the NWSEO National Convention in Salt Lake City, please make reservations by Sept. 2
(August 26, 2016) The NWSEO Constitution Committee will present a working draft of an amendment designed to change delegate voting for positions on the National Council (Regional Chairs and Vice Chair) during the 2016 National Convention. In the interest of full transparency, NWSEO will broadcast this presentation and any related debate on Facebook Live. This is a new endeavor for NWSEO, it will give all members insight to our convention in real-time during the presentation and related debate. (More)
(August 22, 2016) The 2016 NWSEO Regional Chair/Vice Chair Elections will take place at the NWSEO National Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah on September 25-26. This is a Sunday-Monday convention. This year, we are posting the names of the delegates and the number of votes for each branch on the NWSEO Convention News page . The delegates will attend the convention, vote on the issues on the convention agenda, and participate in voting during this year’s election of NWSEO Regional Chairs and Vice Chairs. If a delegate cannot attend the convention, the alternate delegate will cast the designated votes for the branch. (More)
DOC settles Unfair Bargaining Practice complaint brought against the NWS by the FLRA; NWS to issue assurances to all employees that it will not unilaterally terminate bargaining again. _____
But NWS Director and Deputy Director refuse to sign.
(August 16, 2016) The National Weather Service agreed to settle an unfair labor practice complaint issued against it by the Federal Labor Relations Authority, which alleges that the NWS violated its duty to bargain in good faith by unilaterally terminating bargaining over ground rules for the parties’ successor collective bargaining agreement.
In settlement of the case, the NWS has agreed to send every NWS bargaining unit employee an email promising that it will negotiate in good faith from now on, and that it will not unilaterally end bargaining by falsely claiming that the parties are at impasse. (More)
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. (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.