Members and Officers of NFFE Local 2035 at Fort Irwin in Southern California
Featured News ArticleNFFE Local 2035 Grows Membership by 180 Percent in 2015
In 2014, NFFE Local 2035 at Fort Irwin National Training Center in Southern California was faced with stagnating new-member organizing. Rather than fold in the wake of the difficulties of maintaining a Local Lodge, the executive board shouldered the challenge of taking a decidedly different path than the current trajectory. While it did not happen overnight, what was once a Local that appeared to be heading for complete stagnation is now a shining star on NFFE’s national growth scene. Change for Local 2035 came as a result of hard work every single day by Union officers, members, and the vision of one gifted organizer. : : MORE
Update on the Status of Implementation of the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act
On December 29, 2015, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued guidance on implementation of the Land Management Workforce flexibility Act (LMWFA). In a subsequent release, NFFE expressed concerns about the guidance and provided some advice to employees. The LMWFA was enacted to provide long-serving and successful temporary seasonal employees of land management agencies “with the same career advancement opportunities available to all other Federal employees.” NFFE’s biggest concern with OPM’s guidance is that it fails to fulfill this clear statement of legislative intent.
NFFE Scores Major Pay Boost for Letterkenny Employees
After years of advocacy by NFFE, the IAM, and our Union allies pushing for a much-needed expansion to the locality pay system, 13 new General Schedule (GS) pay localities were announced in June of 2015. In addition to the new localities, 21 existing locality pay areas were expanded to include counties previously assigned to the lower-paid "Rest of U.S." locality pay area. The new and expanded localities went into effect Jan. 1, 2016, amounting to a significant pay increase for all the GS federal workers located in the designated areas. It was a huge win for the employees and the Union that fought for these positive changes.
NFFE-IAM Membership Has Benefits, Take Advantage of Them!
We all know NFFE-IAM membership has its benefits in the workplace. More members equals more strength at the bargaining table. More strength at the bargaining table results in a better contract. And a better contract makes life better for all employees. Plus, more dues-paying members at the worksite translates to more political power on Capitol Hill to defend the pay, benefits and due process rights of federal employees – a favorite target for many members of Congress. But are you taking full advantage of your NFFE-IAM membership benefits?
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.
Statement from National President Dougan Regarding OPM Director Archuleta Resignation
"The announcement of OPM Director Archuleta’s resignation puts federal employees in a dire state of uncertainty. With Director Archuleta’s resignation, the volatility of this situation has escalated exponentially and we face a void of leadership. All the while, millions of federal employees that have had their personal information compromised continue to go without the suite of protections they need and deserve from OPM..."
Better pay, workplace rights among top congressional priorities for feds
Federal employees are in the midst of a legislative season in which they are struggling with friend and foe alike, on issues ranging from pay Â to an attack on unions in their sector where membership is the strongest. Labor organizations have already launched a preemptive strike against the...
Should federal pay increase? If so, how much?
J. David Cox Sr. can be a jolly fellow, but he might be confusing budget time with the Christmas season. The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) leader reacted to President Obamaâ€™s call for a 1.6 percent federal employeesâ€™ pay raise as if Santa left stones in their...
Fewer families, children surging across border, yet ICE raids to continue
The U.S. government will continue its controversialÂ deportation raids targeting Central American immigrants even as the number of new illegal migrants has fallen dramatically, Department of Homeland Security officials say. After surging for months, the numbers of children crossing the...
Affordable Care Act dispute could hang up confirmation of new federal personnel chief
A long-simmering dispute over how the Obama administration applied the Affordable Care Act to members of Congress and some of their staff has been revived and could hang up the confirmation of a new federal personnel chief. In advance of the scheduled Thursday confirmation hearing for Beth...