Featured News ArticleLocal 1998 Empowers Members and Officers in Contract Negotiations
Since 2013, Local 1998 has been working diligently to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA). Local 1998 leadership has sought to ensure every NFFE-IAM members’ voice is heard at the bargaining table, and that effort began with the Local surveying its membership as it prepared to enter negotiations. The survey allowed every member a chance to state what they found to be most important in the upcoming negotiations. With results in hand, Local 1998 negotiators delved into what has become a multi-year ordeal. : : MORE
Local 1840 Leads Save Treasure Lake Campaign
On August 27, 2014, the Department of Labor (DoL) announced that the Treasure Lake Job Corps Center was targeted for closure. The announcement caught the Treasure Lake community by surprise, and NFFE 1840 sprang into action to protect the facility that employs NFFE-IAM members. In an effort spearheaded by NFFE Local 1840 President, Lance Hamann, NFFE-IAM members quickly turned to the community to begin a campaign to save Treasure Lake.
A New Approach to Organizing Opportunities
Earlier this month, NFFE staff met with the NFFE National Executive Council (NEC) to conduct a yearly review of NFFE’s Membership Building and Strategic Plan (MBSP). Following an intensive review session that spanned three days, one of the most significant changes is an update to the methodology used to select organizing targets (geographical targets). The change includes a more collaborative process among Local leaders and NFFE staff to identify top recruitment opportunities around the county.
Choose FEEA for the CFC
As the Combined Federal Campaign season is once again upon us, I wanted to take this opportunity to remind you that FEEA – the Federal Employee Education & Assistance Fund – CFC #11185 is the official charity of NFFE. NFFE is one of the founding organizations that formed FEEA. I am proud to serve as the vice chair on FEEA’s Board of Directors. NFFE supports FEEA in a variety of ways and I personally contribute as well. I hope you will choose to pledge to FEEA #11185 in this year’s CFC.
National President Dougan: "Today's Request for an Additional $615 Million to Battle Wildfires is Much-needed."
“Today’s request from the White House for an additional $615 million to battle wildfires is much-needed,” Dougan said. "This will also allow for land management agencies to go deeper into fire season without needing to use non-fire funds to pay for fire suppression as has happened too often in recent years. We cannot allow for federal land management agencies to be forced to focus on putting out budget fires at the expense of allowing wildfires to continue to rage across the country.”
National President Dougan: "Workplace Flexibility in the Federal Government Will Help Recruit and Retain Top Talent."
“It is encouraging to see President Obama recognize the importance of work-life balance. This presidential memorandum is a statement to every federal agency that Obama is serious about actually using workplace flexibilities. Because federal workers’ pay lags so far behind the private sector, the federal government needs workplace flexibilities to recruit and retain qualified workers. Some agencies currently embrace workplace flexibilities, but others still do not. We hope this presidential memorandum will change the business-as-usual attitude some agencies still hold about workplace flexibilities,” Dougan said.
Ebola Specialists Think Globally, Congress Thinks Domestically
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Graffiti Artist 'Creepytings' Is Defacing National Parks
As long as National Park Service budgets shrink, vandalism is going to be a feature of our favorite natural spaces.
Where to Find the Governmentâ€™s Happiest Employees
Science agencies once again boast the most content workers, according to a new survey.
Congressional Candidates Vie for Mantle of Next Federal Employeesâ€™ Hero
As two fed-friendly lawmakers from Northern Virginia retire, new federal advocates seek office.