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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(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.
2016 NWSEO Elections
Nominations for Regional Chair and Vice Chair are due June 10, 2016
(May 25, 2016) The 2016 NWSEO Regional Elections will take place at the 41st NWSEO National Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah on September 25 and 26. This is a Sunday-Monday event.
Nominations for Regional Chair and Vice Chair are due, certified or registered mail, postmarked on or before June 10, 2016. According to NWSEO Election Rules, the nominations must be submitted either in person or in writing and registered or certified mailed to NWSEO Executive Vice President Bill Hopkins by June 10, 2016. The mailing address is:
NWSEO Executive Vice President Bill Hopkins
National Weather Service Employees Organization
601 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Suite 900
Washington, D.C. 20004
Nominations for Branch Steward, Vice Steward, Convention Delegate, and Alternate Delegate are also due on June 10, 2016. To nominate someone for these positions, you must notify your current local branch steward and regional chair in writing no later than Friday, June 10, 2016. Email nominations are acceptable for these local branch positions only.
For more information on Elections, please view the 2016 Election Letter.
Long-time NWSEO Member David Ondrejik Needs Medical Leave Donations -
You Can Help with the Voluntary Leave Transfer Program
(May 18, 2016) 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. David has been battling Fibromyalgia since 2006. Fibromyalgia causes severe widespread pain throughout the body. Chronic fatigue, insomnia, migraines, cognitive difficulties, and depression are also associated with the disease.
NWSEO Members have always been generous with annual leave donations for co-workers in need. If you are interested in donating leave for David Ondrejik, you may complete the 630A Form at this link: http://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/opm630a.pdf
(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’s work helps usher in new
Phased Retirement Plan
(April 29, 2016) NWSEO’s participation on the Department of Commerce Labor Management Forum, has created a policy that led to an agreement with NWS on the new Phased Retirement Implementation Plan. Employees in phased retirement status continue to work, but as a part-time employee, receiving half of their full-time annual salary, and approximately half of their annuity for the purpose of facilitating knowledge transfer (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. 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)
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