NWSEO MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
General Counsel Richard Hirn
(August 27, 2019) Exactly 40 years ago today, our General Counsel Richard Hirn began his legal career as an attorney in the Office of Appeals of the National Labor Relations Board, enforcing working Americans’ collective bargaining rights during the Carter Administration.
NWSEO Reaches a Record High
(August 14, 2019) On June 19, just seven weeks ago, our NWSEO Membership Director reported a record high of 1615 members. Regional Chairs, Stewards and NWSEO Members themselves across the country are setting goals to not only increase membership but to also shift the view of our organization to a more positive, forward leaning, serving union. The past and recent work done on behalf of all bargaining unit employees under the NWSEO umbrella has been instrumental in obtaining new NWSEO members. Even though more members have retired over the summer months, NWSEO continues to grow with recruitment efforts, membership drives and support from across the country.
“I have witnessed such growth over the past three years, I believe, due to so many stewards and members coming together, sharing their experience with NWSEO and inviting colleagues to support our cause. We have over 30 top recruiters this year! It takes everyone actively participating in this effort of recruitment & retention.”
Have Your Voice Heard. The new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) will shape the future of the National Weather Service, including employees’ rights, privileges, and your work environment. NWSEO understands your working conditions and your needs for a family friendly work life environment.
NEW HIRE ENROLLMENT INCENTIVE. NWSEO offers a New Hire enrollment incentive through December 31, 2019. Any newly hired employee (NWS, NESDIS, AOC, AOML, NAG new hires) who joins NWSEO by Form 1187 within nine months of their start date, or during a New Employee course or its equivalent, will receive a $300 rebate. The $300 rebate check will arrive within 7 business days.
CONGRESSMAN INVITED TO WEATHER FORECAST OFFICE
(August 13, 2019) Congressman Mark Amodei visited the WFO in Elko, Nevada on July 31 at the invitation of the NWSEO. Congressman Amodei has been the United States Representative for Nevada’s second congressional district since 2011 and on the Appropriations Committee. The group discussed a variety of topics critical to NWS employees: the agency mission in general, but he was particularly sympathetic about the brutal staffing shortages and the pay-cap denials for staffing OT. He and his staff spent some time with individual employees affected by the pay caps. The Congressman successfully launched a weather balloon and the local newspaper was there to capture the story. He discussed his ideas for coordinating future wildfire research with core partners, and challenged the employees to come up with other projects. The staff brought up their giant radar holes where they have numerous fires, winter weather, and flash flooding. The Congressman promised to look into adding a radar in central Nevada, cooperating with other entities to fund and maintain it.
Four Congressmen Seek Impoundment Act Ruling
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