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  • Take Advantage of NFFE-IAM Scholarship Opportunities As families around the country rush to finish last-minute college applications during the holiday season, do not forget about the countless scholarship opportunities available to NFFE-IAM members and their children/spouses.     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Senate Passes Spending Bill Over The Weekend This past weekend, the Senate approved a $1.1 trillion funding bill that will keep the government funded through the end of Sept. 2015 (excluding the Department of Homeland Security, which is funded until Feb. 2015). In addition to government funding, the $1.1 trillion bill also included numerous...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • 2015 William W. Winpisinger Class Schedule Available Now Classes are offered year-round on a variety of topics that will help union members become more informed and engaged in our union. For the newest members, the Federal Employees Seminars both basic and advanced are week-long classes that cover the essentials of Union advocacy and labor relations....     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • President Obama Thanks Some Federal Employees On Tuesday, President Obama addressed nearly 3,000 members of the Senior Executive Service (SES) and other leaders in the federal workforce. Speaking to a crowded room, Obama sought to thank the dedicated federal workforce, and to empathize with the recently-tumultuous environment they have...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • President Obama Grants Federal Employees Additional Day of Holiday Leave Late Friday afternoon, President Obama signed an Executive Order excusing executive branch non-Postal Service employees from duty on Friday, December 26, 2014, with pay and without a charge to leave. This means that most federal employees will receive an extra day of holiday leave on Dec. 26.     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Congress Appears Poised to Pass Government Funding In what appeared to be heading towards an all-out fight between tea party and moderate members within the GOP, Congress now appears to be headed towards a funding compromise to keep the government funded beyond its current Dec. 11, 2014 deadline. The solution devised by congressional leaders will...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • NFFE-IAM Members Storm Capitol Hill to Save Treasure Lake Since the possibility of Treasure Lake closure was first announced, NFFE has been fighting to keep the Center open. The Union has disputed the rationale the Department of Labor (DOL) used to select Treasure Lake for closure, gathered scores of signatures on a petition to save the Center, rallied...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • NFFE Local 178 Presents Labor-Management Success in DC Earlier this week, members of NFFE Local 178 were invited to present before the National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations in Washington, DC to discuss their successes working with Aberdeen Proving Ground managers. Notable achievements included a new employee wellness program, new...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Extremists in Congress Float Idea of Another Shutdown While incoming Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has promised that there will not be another government shutdown under his leadership, it would appear that all the members of his caucus have not received the memo. Incoming Senate Budget Committee Chairman Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) has floated...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Federal Employee Due Process Protections At Risk In a recent string of interviews, McDonald has said that around 2,000 VA employees are being actively monitored for potential disciplinary action. Of that 2,000, McDonald estimates nearly half will receive some form of discipline – likely in the form of suspension or termination. In a scandal...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Worker-Friendly Candidates Face Difficult Election Night Middle-of-the-road legislation expected of divided Congress can no longer be expected. With Congress in one-party control, there is a very good chance that Congress will take action on numerous bills that are highly partisan in nature. For federal employees, that means the chances are...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • A Special Veterans Day Message On this Veterans Day, let us take a moment to recognize and honor the millions of men and women who have selflessly answered the call to serve in our nation’s military. Our nation – founded on a promise of liberty – has been built upon a proud heritage of military service. These sacrifices, too...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Local 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...     National Federation of Federal Employees        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...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • 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...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • 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...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Membership Building Strategic Plan Meeting at Winpisinger Center Last week, NFFE National Staff and elected officers gathered at the William W. Winpisinger Educations and Technology Center to discuss revisions and modifications to the Membership Building and Strategic Plan (MBSP). The MBSP, formally established in 2012, aims to empower all NFFE-IAM members,...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • In Defense of Temporary Federal Employees' FEHB Eligibility Last Friday, the Washington Post reported that Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) questioned the legality of a recent Office of Personnel Management (OPM) proposal to extend eligibility for coverage under the Federal Health Insurance Benefits Program (FEHBP) to certain temporary federal employees. In...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Request Pre-Decisional Involvement for New DoD Personnel System The United Defense Worker’s Coalition, of which NFFE is a member, is encouraging all Unions to submit a request to engage in pre-decisional involvement at the level of recognition for preliminary discussions with the agency over the implementation of DoD’s recently announced three-tier...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • NFFE Stays Close to the Action as Defense Formulates New Personnel Management System The last time that the Department of Defense (DoD) attempted to overhaul its personnel management system, it was a complete disaster. The National Security Personnel System (NSPS), created during the Bush Administration, was the DoD’s attempt to overhaul personnel management systems. Congress...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • ACTION ALERT: Tell Congress VA Nurses and Doctors Deserve Meaningful Collective Bargaining Rights 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...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • OPM Announces Phased Retirement On August 8, 2014 the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) revealed the final rule for the long-awaited phased retirement program. Phased retirement allows federal employees who are eligible for retirement to work part-time to ease into retirement and focus on transferring institutional knowledge...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Federal Agencies Lift Hiring Freezes A recent Department of Labor report found that the size of the federal workforce has remained relatively stable in recent months, with a federal workforce of around 2.7 million federal employees. With hiring freezes being lifted from some agencies, and the increasing emphasis on the need for...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • NFFE Scores Win: FEHBP Eligibility Extended to All Temporary Employees NFFE has worked for years to achieve access to health benefits for all hardworking temporary employees. We are pleased that our years of hard work have finally paid off. On Tuesday, July 29, 2014, the OPM proposed a new rule that would make temporary employees who are expected to work at least 90...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • House Passes VA Reform Bill, Waiting Senate Approval The $17 billion bipartisan plan includes numerous short- and long-term solutions to the problems facing the VA. Among provisions in the bill: A streamlined process for removing senior VA executives, an option for veterans without ready access to VA facilities to receive private care, additional...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • President Signs Executive Order Expanding Workplace Equality On Monday, President Obama signed a two-part executive order to ban discrimination against gay and lesbian federal contractors. The executive order makes it illegal to harass or fire federal contractors based on their sexual orientation. NFFE is at the forefront of LGBT equality in the federal...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Local 2200 Labor-Management Statement of Support for Service Members On May 24, 2014, NFFE Local 2200 and USDA Forest Service Human Resources Management (HRM) collectively signed a Statement of Support for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). The ESGR is an office created by the Department of Defense (DoD) that informs and educates service members...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Senate Hearing Examines Forest Service's Wildfire Suppression Funding Through much of the hearing, it was clear that the current “fire-borrowing” system of the U.S. Forest Service is unsustainable with the rising costs of fire suppression across the country. The current “fire-borrowing” system has the Forest Service take money from local Forest Service units and...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • The Dangerous Implications of Harris v. Quinn for Federal Employees On Monday, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down its decision in Harris v. Quinn, a case examining the legality of requiring partial public employees in a bargaining unit to at least pay “fair-share” dues, if not full membership dues. While many legal analysts anticipated a decision...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • D.C. Golden Triangle Workers Choose NFFE-IAM in Hard-Fought Election Last week, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) certified election results for the employees of Golden Triangle Business Improvement District (BID) to be represented by NFFE-IAM. The campaign began earlier this year and culminated with an election on May 28, 2014. Despite an aggressive...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Show Your Union Pride There are several ways you can increase the visibility of your officers and members. One of the easiest and most cost-effective is to encourage everyone to wear a NFFE-IAM lanyard or something that is visible with the NFFE-IAM logo on it. You can also ensure that all of your Local officers and...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
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