NTEU Chapter 296
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  • Brown Bag Lunch - September 28, 2022
    Updated On: Sep 27, 2022

    When:    Wednesday, September, 28th, Noon Eastern Time 

    Where:   Using Teams from Your Computer or Home/Work Phone

    Call-in:   We will use TEAMS for this meeting.  Be sure to disconnect from VPN/Pulse mode.  Then click on the link below.  See below for information on the call-in telephone option.  If you are unable to join the TEAMS meeting at Noon Eastern Time, don't worry, we will provide meeting notes.  Assuming that you are successful in joining the meeting, to avoid too much clutter on our screens, please turn off your camera.  Also please mute your microphone/telephone (if it is not muted already) unless you are speaking.  Please make use of the chat function.

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    What's On The Agenda: 

    *   FY 2023 Funding Update -- What is Taking So Long?
    *   Performance Appraisals -- Tips for Getting Ready
    *   Performance Appraisals -- Management Myths and Misconceptions
    *   Negotiating Our Next Contract -- Status Report
    *   Issues From Meeting Attendees -- What Do You Want to Know About/Talk About?
    *   Departmental Safety Plan Version 5.0  --  What is New?
    *   Federal Employee Safety Concerns -- What the Union Has Done.
    *   The House of Representatives Passes Anti-Patronage System Bill.
    *   Reasonable Break Times and Proper Facilities for Breastfeeding Mothers
    *   The Voting Season Has Begun -- Remember the Hatch Act
    *   Actions That Benefit Both You and the Union
    *   Other Topics

    At the mid-point of the Union's brown bag lunch meeting, we will ask for your issues or concerns or suggestions about anything that is on your mind.  This could include COVID-19 vaccination status of officemates, facility air quality, teleworking, the potential for and consequences of hoteling, etc.  

    Union members in NPS-WASO have access to speak with our talented and experienced NTEU labor lawyers.  Sarah Riger located in DC (sarah.riger@nteu.org) and Arathi Premkumar located in Colorado (arathi.premkumar@nteu.org) - are available to advise you. 
    Since we last met, your Chapter 296 leaders have been busy on your behalf.  We have learned a lot, We have represented your interests in several settings, and we have a lot to report to you on a wide range of issues.  This is true every month.  

    FY 2023 Funding Update -- What is Taking So Long? --  The end of FY 2022 is just days away.  At the meeting, we will let you know about the status of funding for FY 2023. Congress is working on a Continuing Resolution.  What is a Continuing Resolution and why does it take so long for Congress to agree on it?

    Performance Appraisals -- Tips for Getting Ready --  This is the time of the year when we are all working to prepare for our annual performance appraisals.  The Union has tips which should make the process more successful for you.  During the meeting, we will elaborate on a document that you will be able to find at:  www.NTEUChapter296.org

    Performance Appraisals -- Management Myths and Misconceptions --  At the meeting, we will put on a presentation to illustrate performance appraisal misconceptions that still occur every so often.  Every example is drawn from real life.

    Negotiating Our Next Contract -- A Brief Description of the Status --  The Union and NPS Management have reached an agreement to consolidate the Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBAs) for all of the NTEU Chapters in NPS.  This consolidation of CBAs does not mean that the Chapters will be consolidated.  At the Brown Bag lunch, we will explain where we are in the process, what happens next, who can participate in this process and how.   Departmental Safety Plan Version 5.0  --  What is New? -- On September 21, 2022, Deputy Director, Operations  Shawn Benge sent an email to all employees describing the newest updates to the Department's COVID-19 Workplace Safety Plan.  The current Plan is version 5.0 dated August 31, 2022.  We will highlight some of the changes, let you know about inquiries that the Union has already made, and solicit your ideas.

    Federal Employee Safety Concerns -- What the Union Has Done --  Given the recent venomous antigovernment postings, these can be dangerous times to be a Federal employee. We will let you know what the Union has done about these concerns.

    The House of Representatives Passes Anti-Patronage System Bill -- By Executive Order, the previous Administration tried to remove the Civil Service protections from tens of thousands of Federal employees by moving them into a new personnel category (Schedule F) in which employees could be hired and fired at will.  This would amount to a return to 19th Century patronage system wherein the President could hire or fire almost any Federal employee.  Federal Unions blocked the implementation of this Executive Order in the courts.  President Biden revoked the Executive Order on his first day in office.  Recently, a few members of Congress introduced legislation to create Schedule F by statute.  At the meeting, we will describe what happened next.

    Reasonable Break Times and Proper Facilities for Breastfeeding Mothers --  Recently, there have been positive developments regarding lactation rooms.  We will explain and describe additional information that the Union is trying to obtain.

    The Voting Season Has Begun -- Remember the Hatch Act --  Early voting has already begun in some States.  Remember the restrictions that apply to you as a Federal employee under the Hatch Act.  Note also, that while the Union is in favor of voting, no Union dues are used to promote the election of any candidate.  We will explain in some more detail at the meeting.

    Actions That Benefit Both You and the Union -- At the meeting, we will describe what you can do to simultaneously help yourself and the Union.  

    Other Topics -- If there is time, we discuss additional issues or anything else you want to raise.

    All WASO staff members are welcome!  Please join us.  Enjoy lunch with your co-workers while you learn the latest news from Chapter 296.

    Other Topics -- If there is time, we discuss additional issues or anything else you want to raise.
    All WASO staff members are welcome!  Please join us.  Enjoy lunch with your co-workers while you learn the latest news from Chapter 296.


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