National Weather Service Denies Union Grievance
NWSEO to Arbitrate Disqualification Against Internal MET Applicants
(February 16, 2020) In January, NWSEO filed a grievance on behalf of a GS-11 meteorologist who, after having been selected for a GS-5/7/9 DE/CR vacancy at another WFO, was disqualified by Region management because he was an internal applicant.
NWS denied the grievance on February 13.
In its grievance denial, management did not deny that the internal applicant had been informed by the MIC that he had been her selection, but claimed that the eventual selectee from outside the NWS “was determined to be the best candidate” because “the operational needs of the office could be satisfied with the addition of a new external hire rather than a more experienced internal candidate.”
NWSEO Representation at the AMS Conference
(February 1, 2020) The week of January 12, 2020, the American Meteorological Society hosted their 100th annual meeting at the Boston Convention and Expo Center, Boston, MA. NWSEO President John Werner, NWSEO Executive Vice President JoAnn Becker, NWSEO Secretary/Treasurer and Eastern Region Chairperson David Solano and NWSEO Headquarters Chairperson Mike Dion attended the meeting alongside many colleagues, educators and scientists of the National Weather Service.
“This was a tremendous conference, many programs, guest speakers from all parts of the agency. We were able to connect with both NWSEO members and non-members at this event,” shared NWSEO Executive Vice President JoAnn Becker.
NWS DAA, Mary Erickson stated,
“An amazing conference and a terrific experience as we were able to meet with bargaining unit members to listen to their concerns and observe first-hand the contributions they’re making. While in attendance, we engaged with senior NWS and NOAA leadership. These meetings are important to our professional organization as they serve to build our relationship as well as provide opportunities to discuss and tackle today’s challenges, resolve problems, and work together toward ensuring fulfilling careers for our people.” shared NWSEO President John Werner.
This year’s theme of the AMS conference was “The AMS Past, Present and Future: Linking Information to Knowledge to Society (LINKS).” At the webpage provided by AMS, it reads, “The community that gathers together as the American Meteorological Society can be rightly proud of our contributions to the safety, resilience and economies of society.“
You can read more about this year’s AMS conference at this link: Annual AMETSOC.ORG.
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