is the labor organization and professional association that represents
4,000 employees of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
in the U.S. Department of
technicians and support personnel of the National Weather Service, the
nation's official source for weather forecasts and warnings;
The attorneys in
NOAA's Office of General Counsel, who are responsible for enforcing
laws that protect the nation's environment and natural resources;
The civilian crews of the "Hurricane Hunter" aircraft based in Tampa, Florida;
The technicians who track and command the nation's weather satellites from Wallops Island, Virginia; and
researchers and other scientists and support personnel at the Atlantic
Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory in Key Biscayne, Florida.
NWSEO Working for You:
The Top 5 Recent Accomplishments
NWSEO works hard to improve working conditions and the quality of NWS services. The diligent work of the NWSEO produced these top five accomplishments in 2010-2011:
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
Securing back pay for overtime for nearly 200 NWS employees. Securing FLSA Non-Exempt status of an additional 165 NWS employees. The NWS has agreed to pay two years’ lost overtime wages and liquidated damages for those employees, as well.
Winning an appeal to bargain to increase staffing at Anchorage WFO by 10 positions - this directs the National Weather Service to bargain with NWSEO over a proposal that would increase staffing at the Anchorage WFO by ten positions.
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.
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.
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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!
National Academy of Public Administration Report for the NWS and U.S. Congress
Representative Frank Wolf asks Budget Committee why Congress Picks "on Federal Employees”
(December 4, 2013) Virginia Congressman Frank Wolf, in a letter to members of the budget conference committee, expressed regret that “the only recommendations that continue to be considered are the ones that impact the federal workforce.” Representative Wolf is Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee responsible for the Department of Commerce’s budget. Time and again, he has proven to be a good friend to NWSEO.
Wolf’s letter urges the budget committee to “address the nation’s fiscal challenges through a broad bi-partisan agreement that puts all of our nation’s spending on the table.” You can read the full letter here.
Opportunity for FLSA Non-Exempt Employees to “opt-in” to a Class Action Lawsuit regarding the Delay of Payment during the Government Shutdown
(December 2, 2013) A Washington DC based law firm has filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims on behalf of a group of FLSA non-exempt federal employees alleging that the delay in paying these employees due to the government shut-down violated the Fair Labor Standards Act. The suit seeks an amount equal to the delayed pay as liquidated damages. (More)
National Weather Service to Evict Employees from Housing at Tsunami Center;
Inspector General Complaint Filed
(November 14, 2013) The National Weather Service is facing allegations of “waste, fraud and abuse” over the eviction of Pacific Tsunami Warning Center employees from their government housing. The complaint, filed with the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Commerce, alleges that the NWS, which operates the PTWC, will unnecessarily lose more than $82,000 a year in income that employees pay in rent. (More)
(November 12, 2013) 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.
NWSEO Invited Speak at Sen. Mikulski's Press Conference on Government Shutdown
Photo courtesy Associated Press; from left: Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), NWSEO Steward Amy Fritz, and Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD).
Congressman Frank Wolf supports Legislation to provide Retroactive Pay for Furloughed Employees
(October 1, 2013) Frank Wolf (VA-R) supports the Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act to ensure retroactive pay for furloughed employees. The bill, which would provide retroactive pay to government employees, was introduced by Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) and has support of close to 30 Democrats in the House and three Republicans in Virginia.
Senate Commerce Subcommittee Chair to
Keynote NWSEO Convention
(September 13, 2013) Senator Mark Begich of Alaska, Chairman of the Oceans, Atmosphere and Fisheries Subcommittee of the Senate Commerce Committee, will deliver the Keynote Address at NWSEO’s Annual Convention in St. Petersburg, FL on Sunday, September 22.
Senator Begich’s Subcommittee has jurisdiction over NOAA and the NWS. (More)
NWS Meteorologist and NOAA Hurricane Hunters highlighted as "Coolest Federal Jobs"
(September 3, 2013) NWSEO is partnering with the Federal Postal Coalition to communicate the important role of federal employees. NWS meteorologists and Hurricane Hunters were highlighted in this Labor Day edition of BuzzFeed as part of the effort. Only 11 careers were highlighted in all - Hurricane Hunters topped the list (Pictures and more).
NWSEO President Dan Sobien and Executive Vice President Bill Hopkins attended a fund raiser for Congressman Rick Nolan, 8th Congressional District of Minnesota on June 25.
NWSEO Cares: Medical Leave Donations needed for Ricky Guidry
(Sept. 4, 2013) NWSEO Member Ricky Guidry, an ET in Lake Charles, LA, is in need of medical leave donations. He has exhausted all of his annual and sick leave due to complications from knee replacement surgery. Ricky had the surgery in January of this year. In June, he battled an infection in his left leg and now has a staph infection in the knee replacement joint. He will have a medicated knee inserted for two months before a new knee replacement surgery is completed.