Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW) honors dedicated public employees May 1 - 7, 2016
Featured News ArticlePresident Obama Issues Proclamation for Public Service Recognition Week
The well-being of our people depends on the passion and dedication of our workforce, and my Administration has worked to recruit, uplift, and empower exceptional civil servants. In an effort to fully realize the belief that all of us have the capacity to make a meaningful difference and contribute to our shared success, I have directed the Office of Personnel Management to begin taking action to "ban the box" on most Federal job applications so we are not disqualifying people with a criminal record simply because of a mistake they made in the past. Additionally, we are implementing programs that encourage Government-wide collaboration, giving workers a chance to lend and develop their talents across agencies and departments so our best ideas can flourish and grow to their fullest potential. : : MORE
NFFE-IAM Members Attend AFL-CIO’s Inaugural Women’s Global Leadership Program
On March 13-16, 2016 fifty Union women from throughout the country gathered together in New York City for the AFL-CIO’s inaugural Women’s Global Leadership Program. The program brought together Union sisters from both the private and public sectors to learn about the global labor movement while advocating for gender equality and inclusive international development at the United Nation’s Commission on the Status of Women.
REMINDER: Select Delegates for NFFE’s 50th National Convention
One of the most important aspects of NFFE’s 50th National Convention is the gathering of delegates from around the country to chart out the direction of the Union, in addition to electing our national officers, make changes to the union’s bylaws, and participate in discussions with some of the leading voices in labor and government. But before delegates can be assembled this September, Locals must undergo elections to select their delegates to convention. Each Local should first determine, via a vote at a regular meeting, prior to June 2016, how many people it intends to fund and send to the convention.
Red River Army Depot Locals Team Up to Host Celebratory BBQ
Texas—a place known for cowboys, BBQ and a beaming sense of pride among its residents. But something many outsiders would not attribute to Texas are proud Unionists. Yet in the northeast corner of the state, on the Texas-Arkansas border, lies the town of Texarkana, Tx—home to hundreds of proud Union members from the nearby Red River Army Depot.
National President Dougan: To support wildland firefighters, President Obama must step in to rectify OPM's major mistake.
As it stands, OPM is gutting the much-needed, bipartisan reforms of the LMWFA. The Congressional Record is clear that the Act is designed to provide long-serving temporary seasonal employees with 'the same career advancement opportunities available to other Federal employees.' In direct opposition to Congressional intent, entrenched bureaucrats at OPM are keeping in place the very barriers to meaningful career advancement the LMWFA was enacted to break down. In 2012, President Obama stepped in to elevate the issue of providing wildland firefighters access to healthcare benefits. We are calling on the President to intervene once more on behalf of wildland firefighters to correct OPM’s flawed implementation guidance.
National President Dougan: The Militants Occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Must be Arrested.
We have reports of employees of the U.S. Forest Service Employees on the Malheur National Forest receiving threats and being stalked by sympathizers of the militants. The situation has gotten bad enough that nearby federal installations remain closed out of fear of an attack. Allowing this lawlessness to continue jeopardizes the health and safety of hard-working federal employees and calls into question the federal government’s commitment to protecting its own workers.
The Oscars for civil servants: Meet this yearâ€™s finalists
New techniques toÂ detect and stop terrorist-made explosives, a halt to the spread of a wildlife epidemic, a new generation of personal protective equipment to makeÂ construction workers safe, reduced medical errors — these are some of the accomplishments of the federal...
LGBT groups gird for battle against religious-based legislation in Congress
The country’s largestÂ LGBT rights group on Thursday went toÂ battle againstÂ a religious-based amendment tacked onto the annual defense policy bill that advocates say would strip away gay rights in federal contracting. The Human Rights Campaign called it the first...
11 jaw-dropping photos of what you can see in national parks and public lands
Sunrise, bison, night skies, unusual beetles nestling in the bark of a tree — these are some of the scenes showcased in photographs thatÂ visitors to U.S. national parks and public lands took this year, then submitted to an annualÂ contest called Share the Experience. On...
Lawmaker to top DHS official: â€˜When is it going to get better?â€™
With the morale of its employees lingering at the bottom of government rankings year after year, the Department of Homeland Security seems to be Exhibit A for weaknesses in management and leadership. On Wednesday, impatient House lawmakers pressed a top agency official to tell them...