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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In Recognition and Appreciation of NWSEO Lifetime Member Chris Robbins
March 24, 2015
The National Weather Service Employees Organization recognizes Chris Robbins, owner of www.iWeatherNet.com for his continuous work to promote the mission of the National Weather Service and NWSEO. Mr. Robbins, a former meteorologist with the National Weather Service before forming his own company, continues to use his marketing expertise to promote the NWS and NWSEO. He designed and built the “Protect the National Weather Service” Facebook page as part of a NWSEO initiative to keep the NWS fully funded in Fiscal Year 2012. In the first year, the page garnered more than 70,000 likes. Mr. Robbins uses his combined expertise in meteorology and social media to engage the members of this active page which now boasts more than 157,000 likes. (More)
Save the Date: The NWSEO 40th Annual National Convention - September 26-27, 2015 (A Saturday-Sunday Event)
(March 18, 2015) This year NWSEO celebrates 40 years of National Weather Service employee representation. We hope you will mark your calendars and join us at the 2015 NWSEO National Convention at the Hilton Alexandria Old Town in Alexandria, Virginia. This year’s event is on Saturday and Sunday, September 26-27.
Set in Alexandria's historic district, this upscale hotel is a 2-minute walk from King Street metro station and close to downtown Washington DC. The hotel was renovated in 2014 and boasts modern, spacious rooms. (More)
NWSEO Member Mark Love Needs Medical Leave Donations -
You Can Help with the Voluntary Leave Transfer Program
(March 16, 2015) Mark Love, a Hydrologic Forecaster at the Southeast River Forecast Center (SERFC) and longtime member of NWSEO, is in need of medical leave donations. At the early age of 41, Mark had to undergo open heart (double bypass) surgery. He is unable to work for approximately 8 weeks and is out of sick and annual leave.
NWSEO Members have always been generous with annual leave donations for co-workers in need. If you are interested in donating leave for Mark Love, you may complete the 630A Form at this link: http://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/opm630a.pdf
Agency engages in a wave of bad-faith bargainingat the National Tsunami Warning Center
(February 27, 2015) NWS management is refusing to bargain over changes at the National Tsunami Warning Center regardless of its obligation and repeated promises to do so. When NWSEO originally filed an Unfair Labor Practice, regarding this violation – the agency promised to negotiate if the ULP was pulled. NWSEO pulled the ULP only to have the agency, once again, refuse to bargain. NTWC employees are working in tight quarters and new construction within the building is closing in an already cramped space. The following details illustrate NWS management’s lack of concern for employees’ working conditions and explains why a second ULP has been filed by NWSEO. (More)
(February 22, 2015) NWSEO is asking IMET's to review the Fire Weather Availability Plan draft. It has NOT been agreed to yet. If agreed upon,the plan would be implemented for the entire IMET program for remainder of 2015, evaluating and adjusting as necessary. A review of this plan would then take place after the 2015 season to evaluate and determine whether or not the plan should be continued. (Please note: The above link brings you to the most recent draft of the plan which was revised and provided to NWSEO Communications on Saturday, Feb. 21)
(February 18, 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.
Four Winds for 2013 are located on the Member News page.