(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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National Weather Service Employees Tethered by Illegal Gag Orders - Special Counsel Asked to Reverse Recent Raft of Blanket Nondisclosure Policies
(October 8, 2015) Washington, DC — National Weather Service employees face growing restrictions on their ability to disclose information about the inner workings of their agency, according to a complaint filed today by the National Weather Service Employees Organization (NWSEO) and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). They contend these gag orders are illegal and are pressing U.S. Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner to lift these nondisclosure policies and take action against responsible officials.
A key provision of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2012 curbed the use of blanket nondisclosure policies or agreements, otherwise known as “gag orders,” implemented by federal agencies. The act lays out specific exceptions which must be included as a part of any such confidentiality directive. (More)
NWS Refuses to provide NWSEO with promised audio-tape of Dr. Uccellini’s convention speech.
(October 7, 2015) Immediately after a speech by Dr. Uccellini that focused on building trust with National Weather Service employees, the agency is negating that trust over a tape of that same speech. A tape the agency said they planned to make public and promised to provide to NWSEO. Members asked very tough and pointed questions regarding NWS issues suchas office vacancies, whether the NWS has plans to downsize and close offices, why the NWS was requiring confidentiality agreements. (More)
NWSEO National Convention 40 Years Strong
The National Weather Service Employees Organization celebrated its 40 year anniversary at the national convention in Alexandria, Virginia on September 26 and 27. Read all of the convention news.
"Ten years ago this morning, National Weather Service meteorologist Robert Ricks faced a dilemma. As the forecast coordinator that day for the Slidell, Louisiana, office—which has responsibility for New Orleans—he needed to find a way to convey the urgency and seriousness of the situation his region would face the next day as Hurricane Katrina made landfall. Here is what he came up with:" (More)
What NWS won’t tell you about plans for the future.
(August 21, 2015) For the first time in the history of NWSEO, the agency is requiring union representatives to sign a confidentiality agreement before proceeding on a national team. The agency’s much touted Organization Workforce Analysis (OWA), designed to evaluate your jobs and shape the future of the NWS, is requiring a signed confidentiality agreement from NWSEO participants along with all participants on the OWA teams. This veil of secrecy is becoming routine in working with agency leaders. Last May, NWSEO told you about a “gag order” that the Department of Commerce insisted on for NWSEO grievance settlements. (More)
Long-time NWSEO Member Steve Ippoliti Needs Medical Leave Donations:
You Can Help with the Voluntary Leave Transfer Program
(August 10, 2015) Steve Ippoliti, a long-time NWSEO member and lead forecaster at WFO Miami, is in need of medical leave donations. Steve began having seizures in April and is still working with doctors on a medical diagnosis. The current medications have strong reactions and have rendered him unable to work many of his shifts. He has used up all of his leave time due to this health problem.
NWSEO Members have always been generous with annual leave donations for co-workers in need. If you are interested in donating leave for Steve Ippoliti, you may complete the 630A Form at this link: http://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/opm630a.pdf
Operations and Workforce Analysis Project Update McKinsey Visits Central Region – NWSEO Provides Input and Asks the Tough Questions
(July 23, 2015) McKinsey & Company, is mid-way through their site visits of NWS offices. This week, McKinsey & Company visited Central Region Headquarters and MBRFC. NWSEO Central Region Chair Jim Sieveking attended the meetings and reported the following to NWSEO: (More)
NWS to Renegotiate its Contract with Employees
NWSEO sends out a Recruitment “All Call” to Strengthen Membership
(July 16, 2015) Today, the National Weather Service officially notified NWSEO of its plans to renegotiate the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The CBA specifically states the rights and obligations of the employer, employees, and union, including staffing structure and levels, leave policies, rules for discipline, and how and when grievances can be filed.
“Make no mistake, the Agency is not renegotiating the CBA to make your work life better,” said NWSEO President Dan Sobien. (More)
(August 27, 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.