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  • 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...  
  • NFFE-IAM Young Federal Leaders Attend Inaugural Training Topics covered in the training included a history of labor, recruiting new members, political and legislative advocacy, and how to start a YFL chapter. Class participants were also introduced to the numerous ways to become involved in local labor communities, including AFL-CIO Central Labor...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • House Shoots Down Amendment to Ban Official Time In the lead up consideration of this spending measure on the House floor, NFFE was informed of an effort being made by anti-union, anti-federal worker members of the House to begin the process of dismantling workplace protections and silencing employees’ voice in the federal government. NFFE got...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • ACTION ALERT: Oppose Gingrey Amendment Being Offered to THUD Appropriations Bill NFFE got word today that an amendment to get rid of "official time" in certain federal agencies is going to be offered to the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015 (H.R. 4745) which is being considered on the floor of the U.S. House of...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Local 178 Establishes Labor-Management Partnership Forum Last week, leaders of five separate U.S. Army organizations came together with NFFE National President William Dougan and NFFE Local 178 President Lisa Foust to sign into effect a labor-management partnership forum at Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG), Maryland. The forum is intended to encourage and...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Local 125 Celebrates 95th Anniversary Last month, NFFE President William Dougan and National Organizing Director Brittany Cardinal traveled to Ogden, UT to kick start the 95th year of Local 125. Many regional office employees, Local NFFE-IAM members, bargaining unit employees and members of management turned out to join the Local in...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Local 1340 Encourages Nature Conservation in Earth Day Celebration Each year, the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) William J. Hughes Technical Center in Atlantic City, N.J. hosts an Earth Day celebration that allows employee organizations set up booths to commemorate the observance. The Earth Day observance is one of the year’s largest events at the FAA...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Keep an Up-to-Date Bargaining Unit List Bargaining unit lists are helpful to have on hand during formal organizing drives, so you have a record of the employees that are eligible to become a member of your Local. These lists can also be broken down, and provide you with a system for assessing and reaching out to your potential members....     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • NFFE-IAM Members Take to Capitol Hill A range of speakers kicked off the 2014 IAM Legislative Conference in Washington, DC, all echoing the call to end sequestration, oppose pending trade agreements and increase the respect for federal employees. In addition to hearing from some of Washington, DC’s most prominent leaders, NFFE-IAM...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Defense Bill Clears Panel Without Job Cuts On May 8, 2014 the House Armed Services Committee passed the Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15) National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), H.R. 4435. Absent from the bill upon passage out of committee was a controversial amendment that was expected to be offered during the markup process (when a Committee...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • ACTION ALERT: NFFE Opposes Congressional Move to Slash 115,000 Defense Jobs On May 7, 2014, the House Armed Services Committee will mark up (when a Committee meets to discuss, debate, amend and vote on legislation) the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15). This year, an amendment will be offered to the NDAA in an effort to abolish...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Local 1429 and Congressman Team Up to Protect Jobs Last week in Chambersburg, PA, the members of NFFE Local 1429 met with Congressman Bill Shuster (R-PA) to discuss strategy for protecting Letterkenny Army Depot from closure in the event of another round of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC). The members of NFFE Local 1429 shared their concerns...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Enroll Now for Federal Employees' Basic Class The 2014 Federal Employees’ Basic Program will be held at the William W. Winpisinger (WWW) Education and Technology Center, in Hollywood, MD, during the week of August 10-15, 2014. This program provides training specific to federal sector workers in areas such as collective bargaining, the Hatch...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
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