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CyberSecurity Incident News and Updates
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Member News Archives
December 28, 2015
December 18, 2015
NWS-NWSEO Address Work-Life Issues at a
December 16, 2015
FY 16 Omnibus Bill to Increase Funding for NWS Supports ITO Position
December 15, 2015
U.S. Rep. Don Beyer highlights NWS Vacancies at Hearing on NOAA Satellites - GAO Study on NWS Vacancies Begins this Week
Rep. Beyer’s comments are 19:11 minutes into the hearing. You can watch a recording of the hearing here.
November 25, 2015
Collective Bargaining Agreement Negotiations - NWS Negotiators Walk Out
November 6, 2015
Collective Bargaining Agreement Negotiations - NWSEO Wants You to Help Create Your New CBA
CBA NEGOTIATIONS – NWSEO MEMBER INPUT PROCESS
We thank you for your support on NWSEO and the work you do to keep our professional organization strong.
October 19, 2015
Long-time NWSEO Member David Ondrejik Needs Medical Leave Donations
October 8, 2015
Federal Employee Advocates file complaint with U.S. Special Counsel to Prohibit NWS from Imposing Gag Orders on NWSEO
NWSEO Leaders Receive Department of Commerce Gold and Silver Medals
September 16, 2015
Hawaii Senator Hirono accepts invitation toAddress NWSEO Convention
August 28, 2015
NWSEO Welcomes Two New Employees to our Professional Organization
August 21, 2015
August 14, 2015
Science Committee Leader and Federal Employee Advocate,
August 10, 2015
Long-time NWSEO Member Steve Ippoliti Needs Medical Leave Donations
July 23, 2015
Operations and Workforce Analysis Project Update
July 20, 2015
Taking a Page from Scott Walker’s Playbook – NWS ignores legally binding Agreements;
July 16, 2015
NWS to Renegotiate its Contract with Employees
Agency to employees: Models bad – you’re fired.
The NWS notified the NWSEO today, that it can put you on a PIP or even remove you from service for a bad forecast. In their notification to renegotiate the CBA, they stated “Verification scores should be able to be used as a factor in rating the forecasting and warning performance elements of individual NWS meteorologists.”
NWS unilaterally eliminates $300 health club subsidy.
As part of an unprecedented setback in labor relations, today the NWS informed the NWSEO that it will no longer contribute to the health and well-being of its employees.
The NWS will, however, continue to subsidize transit costs for their Washington, D.C. employees, pay for a staffed health clinic at NWS Headquarters, and pay for gym facilities in the new NCEP building.
NWS to Employees: You have to do the work we assign you – we are just not going to pay you for it.
The NWS notified the NWSEO today, that it will ignore an arbitrators order that the agency give a temporary promotion to employees doing higher graded work. No further details were given to the NWSEO as to who will do the work and if temporary promotions will ever be given.
NWS to Interns: Pound Sand
For the last ten years, except for in a few hard to fill locations, the NWS has given first crack at General Forecaster jobs internally to its intern employees. This is a result of an agreement between the NWSEO, FLRA and the agency. Today, the NWS has unilaterally decided it is no longer going to abide by this agreement. No details have been given on how this will be implemented.
“If they were just looking for a faster way to fill vacancies we would have been happy to amend the agreement,” stated NWSEO Vice President Bill Hopkins. “Instead they just decided they will ignore the agreement.”
NWS to HQ employees: Your room may be shrinking
The NWS notified the NWSEO today, that it will no longer abide by an agreement with the union over space requirements in SSMC2. We assume they are not going to move the walls of the permanent offices occupied by SES employees, so we can only guess the NWS wants to decrease the workspace of low level cubical occupants.
NWS to HSD employees: Sweet Home Alabama
The NWS notified the NWSEO today, that it will no longer abide by an agreement with the union regarding staffing relocations to the National Water Center in Alabama. NWS is going back on its word. The agency will now involuntarily reassign Hydrologic Services Division employees from Silver Spring to the National Water Center in Alabama.
Employees and their families who have established roots in the Washington, D.C. area may now be forced to leave, with no recourse, just because a manager says so.
NWS Leadership: We can have a health clinic, free vaccinations, and transportation subsidies. Employees: No paper towels or Purell for you.
The NWS notified NWSEO today that it will no longer provide paper towels, tissues, hand sanitizer, disinfectant spray or wipes, disposable cups, plates and utensils. One can only wonder if toilet paper is the next to go.
June 22, 2015
Senator Thune Withdraws Consolidation Bill – Introduces Substitute LegislationFocusing on Severe Weather Communications
June 19, 2015
Long-time NWSEO Steward and Member Tim Shy Needs Medical Leave Donations
June 16, 2015
NWSEO Opposes Bill S.1573 - South Dakota Senator Thune proposes NWS Consolidation
June 13, 2015
Department of Commerce insists on Gag Order on NWSEO Grievance Settlements:
June 11, 2015
Senate Appropriations Committee Adds $14 million to NWS, keeps ITOs
June 9, 2015
Convention News - 40th Annual NWSEO Convention and National Elections Update
May 19, 2015
House Appropriations Committee Fully Funds NWS
May 17, 2015
House Science Committee Democrats seek GAO Study on
May 12, 2015
NWSEO to file follow-up grievance on Erroneous Restart Dates which delay step increases.
May 7, 2015
May 4, 2015
2015 NWSEO Election Letter and Convention Details
April 30, 2015
NWSEO asks members to participate in the 2015 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey
April 20, 2015
2015 NWSEO Elections Preparations Underway -
March 24, 2015
March 18, 2015
Save the Date: The NWSEO 40th Annual National Convention is
September 26-27, 2015
March 16, 2015
NWSEO Member Mark Love Needs Medical Leave Donations
March 10, 2015
Workplace Bullying Survey
February 27, 2015
February 22, 2015
February 11, 2015
NWSEO Negotiated Health Club and Wellness Services Fees Reimbursement Program:
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