For years, VA management has abused the interpretation of Sec. 7422 of Title 38 to weaken CBA rights
Featured News ArticleRestoring Collective Bargaining Rights for VA Employees
Over the last several years, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare professionals have seen their collective bargaining rights practically eliminated. Agency management’s improperly broad interpretation of a certain provision in federal labor law, Sec. 7422 of Title 38, has allowed them to circumvent the bargaining process on numerous critical issues. H.R. 2193/S. 1257, identical bills introduced in the House and Senate by Representative Mark Takano (D-CA-41) and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), respectively, to eliminate the collective bargaining exceptions under Sec. 7422 of Title 38, would restore a meaningful scope of bargaining for VA healthcare professionals. : : MORE
Local 1998 Fights Financial Award Abuse by Management
A review of the data showed that employees were much less likely to receive an award than managers. In some offices, to be a manager was to automatically receive an award. The average manager’s award in some offices was twice as large as the typical employee’s. Quality Step Increases (QSI), which carry more value over time, were disproportionately going to managers. This QSI imbalance impacted not only employees, but the taxpayers; a QSI to a highly-paid official is more expensive than to a lower-grade employee.
NFFE-Backed Legislation Continues to Advance in Congress
This legislation has been a NFFE priority for over five years. Beginning with a Congressional hearing on the issue on June 30, 2010, NFFE has worked to build support for reform and worked with stakeholders to develop an approach with which everyone could agree. This common-sense measure would give long-serving temporary seasonal employees in land management agencies, including thousands of wildland firefighters, the ability to compete for career advancement using the same procedures that are already available to other federal employees.
NFFE Fights to Save CCC Job Corps Jobs
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Civilian Conservation Corps’ (CCC) Job Corps program, a program created during the administration of President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964 as part of Johnson’s War on Poverty and Great Society initiatives. The CCC Job Corps program, which remains enormously successful five decades after its inception, has trained more than two million at-risk youth since the first Center opened its doors in 1965. However, with minimal public notice, Congress passed a provision in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2015 (WIOA) last July that enabled the Department of Labor (DoL) the sole authority of expediting of CCC operations to be shuttered and ultimately contracted out – a maneuver that NFFE strongly opposes in both substance and style.
National President Dougan: "Saddling Defense Workers with this $22.5 million per-year financial burden is a slap in the face."
"Today’s legislation is sorely needed after the Department of Defense unilaterally plowed ahead with implementing a $22.5 million per-year financial burden on the workers who support our military," said Dougan. "We applaud Representatives Kilmer and Jones, as well as our allies on Capitol Hill that support this legislation and who agree that civilian Defense employees have endured enough. Enduring years of pay freezes, pension cuts and furloughs is bad enough, but these cuts to reimbursements are going to have a significant negative impact on employee morale. Saddling Defense workers with this $22.5 million per-year financial burden is a slap in the face."
Statement on the Passing of NFFE Assistant General Counsel Philip Snodgrass
Phil was a young and talented member of the NFFE family, and had an outstanding legal mind. Since starting as a full-time employee years ago, he provided NFFE-IAM members superb service through countless workplace and legal proceedings around the country. We are devastated by the loss of our brother. Our thoughts and prayers are with Phil's family and friends during this difficult time of grieving.
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