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Featured News ArticleAssistance is Available to Union Members Affected by Louisiana Flooding
NFFE realizes that members of NFFE Local 1904 and their families have suffered loss and face uncertainty, now and moving forward, and may require urgent help. NFFE stands in solidarity with all members who have suffered from natural disaster, and is ready to provide support and assistance through this difficult time. Several disaster relief programs are available to NFFE-IAM members. : : MORE
NFFE Forest Service Council Achieves Protections for All Workers
The NFFE Forest Service Council has been working for years to get the Forest Service to implement anti-bullying policies or committing to an environment that fosters respect for individual values and appropriate conduct among all employees throughout the Agency. And finally, the most recent round of contract negotiations have brought about these long sought-after changes.
Proposed Bylaws Amendments and Resolutions Now Available for Review
As delegates prepare to head to sunny Orlando, Florida for NFFE's 50th National Convention, the NFFE National Office has been spending much of 2016 making detailed arrangements to ensure Convention operations run smoothly. One of those responsibilities is to collect and distribute proposed bylaws amendments and resolutions ahead of the Convention—ensuring delegates have adequate time to review proposals submitted by Locals and members from around the country. Both amendments and resolutions will be voted on by delegates to the 50th NFFE National Convention.
NFFE Strongly Opposed to Commission on Care Report
The report highlights the supposed long-term issues in the VHA Care System relating to staffing, facility consistency, capital needs, and health care disparities. The report also makes a major recommendation to replace the current VHA with a new entity, to be known as the VHA Care System. In the proposed VHA Care System, Veterans would be permitted to receive care from any local facility or provider who has been credentialed by VHA. Additionally, oversight for veterans' healthcare would be handed over to a newly-created, external governance board. This slash and sell approach to veterans' healthcare is fundamentally wrong, and we have strong reservations about these flawed recommendations.
Democratic Platform Fails to Advocate for Federal Workforce
While certainly better than the destructive GOP Platform adopted at last week's Republican National Convention, the 2016 Democratic Platform does little in the way for federal employees. It is discouraging that a platform repeatedly referencing federal resources and programs fails to mention supporting the workforce tasked with administering those programs. At a time when federal employees are under constant attack from a hostile Congress, we need real allies ready to stand with us in our fight.
GOP Platform Wrong for Federal Employees
We get nowhere as a country when one political party seeks to take away hard-earned pay and benefits from this nation’s civil servants. At a time when federal employees make 35 percent less than comparable private sector workers, the GOP demands further cuts in salaries and benefits of our VA nurses and doctors, wildland firefighters and the men and women maintaining the readiness of America’s military.
Smithsonian, other agencies protect artifacts in Iraq, Syria
When we think of the war against Islamic State terrorists, the Defense Department, the State Department and the intelligence agencies come to mind. We should add the Smithsonian Institution to the list. The Smithsonian, better known for museums ringing the Mall, is one of a half-dozen...
Dead or alive? Social Security misclassified some
That old joke about a premature report of someone’s death isnâ€™t so funny when itâ€™s the government declaring people dead who are not. Thatâ€™s what’s happening at the Social Security Administration (SSA). Social Security officials have discovered 90 cases in their records...
Trump, Clinton planning their transitions side-by-side in Washington
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s preparations to take over the government if they’re elected are now in high gear, and their transition teams are working out of the same building a block from the White House at 1717 Pennsylvania Ave. It’s the first time in history that...
â€˜Confusion at every levelâ€™ of the Park Service
Years of sacred- and ceremonial-ground desecration at the Effigy Mounds National Monument in northeast Iowa disgraced the National Park Service, as did a recently sentenced former park manager who stole ancient human remains and hid them in his garage for more than two decades. A review...