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!
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)
NWSEO Negotiated Health Club and Wellness Services Fees Reimbursement Program: Forms must be submitted by February 27, 2015
(February 25, 2015) Forms for the NWSEO negotiated National Weather Service Health Club and Wellness Services Fees Reimbursement Program are due at the end of February each year. Since February 28 falls on a Saturday, NWSEO is encouraging all NWS employees to submit their forms by this Friday, February 27.
Form A must be submitted between January 1, 2015 and February 27, 2015 to receive benefits for 2015. Form B must be submitted between January 1, 2015 and February 27, 2015 for reimbursement for the year 2014.
(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)
NWS fraudulently signs
NWSEO Headquarter Region Chair’s name on “joint” employee communications
(February 4, 2015) NWSEO is filing an Unfair Labor Practice against the NWS charging the agency signed, without consent and over his objections, Headquarters Region Chair Steve Pritchett’s name to an all-hands email. The email was distributed as a “joint communication” to employees about the bargaining status of NWS Headquarters reorganization. (More)
(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.
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