Brown Bag Lunch for October 2017 - Thursday, October 17

We cordially invite you as a WASO staff person to join your fellow employees at the Monthly NTEU Brown Bag Lunch for October 2017.  

What:    NTEU-sponsored lunch presentations regarding the following topics:

*   Performance Appraisals/Performance Plans -- Myths and Tips
*   Increased Workload -- What are your Options? What has the Union done?
*   Issues Raised by Meeting Attendees
*   NPS Workplace Survey Results and Follow-up -- Your Thoughts and the Union Perspective
*   Reorganizations Large, Small, and Medium  -- the Union Role and How You Can Help.
*   Union Election Opportunities
*   Much more

When: Thursday, October 19, 2017
Noon, Eastern Daylight Savings Time. 

Where: North Penthouse, Large Conference Room,  Main Interior Building. NOTE THE ROOM LOCATION. 

We continue to test various spaces within MIB for their suitability to hold our monthly meetings.  The North Penthouse is a very elegant space. It is worthwhile seeing.  You can get to the North Penthouse via the dedicated elevator near the 7500 West hallway on the 7th floor, close to the E Street side of MIB. You can also get there via the 7500 West stairs.  Look for the NTEU signs. 

If you are planning to participate in October's Third Thursday Brown Bag Lunch by telephone, here is the information that you need to know.
Call in: 877-958-6756
Passcode: 8296505

One of the factors in evaluating our meeting spaces is how well folks who call in can hear what we say.  If you do call in, after the meeting please let us know if you can clearly hear the speakers.

Our talented Union Field Representative and labor lawyer extraordinaire Sarah Riger plans to attend the October Third Thursday Brown Bag Lunch.  Please give her a warm welcome when you see her.  In addition, if you would like some private time with an experienced labor lawyer, please contact Sarah via email (sarah.riger@nteu.org) or approach her at the meeting to arrange a time to meet either face-to-face or by telephone.

Since last we met, your Chapter 296 leaders have been very 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.

This is the time of year when employees receive (and contribute to) their performance appraisals and performance plans. There are a number of myths and misconceptions related to these procedures. We will help you be prepared to deal with these issues. There are some considerations that would be smart to build into your performance appraisal for FY 2017 and changes you can expect for your FY 2018 Performance Plan.  Chapter 296 leaders will provide tips to help you get the most out of these experiences and let you know what your options are if something goes astray.  We will talk about common questions and answers as well as related cases that the Union has handled.  Of course, we will answer any questions meeting participants have.

In recent weeks, many people have had to deal with an increased workload.  This could be due to shifting of work responsibilities between offices/directorates, hiring freezes, and/or new requirements that have been imposed at government-wide, Departmental, or Service-wide levels.  Regardless of the causes of the extra workload, what is an employee supposed to do with a growing crush of work?  We will share with you what the Union has done over the last few weeks regarding this topic.

We will continue our recent approach of asking meeting attendees for their questions and concerns in the middle of the meeting rather than saving that for the end.  Please think about what issues or topics you would like to discuss or learn about.  All of us would like to hear what the hot topics are in your office/facility.

This afternoon, the Secretary of the Interior and the Director of the National Park Service presented both 1) the results of the Workplace Environment Survey and 2) the follow-up actions that the Director intends to take.  Follow-up explanatory emails have begun to appear.  We want to hear your views on this subject.  What do you think?  The Union will share some its concerns; e.g., accountability, deterrence, making the punishment fit the action, protection for vulnerable classes of employees such as seasonals, terms, interns, etc.

Recently there have been a series of reorganizations large, medium. and small.  We will let you know the statutory role of the Union in this process and how you can help the Union ensure that Management follows the statutory process.  We will let you know what the Union can and cannot do in these circumstances.

Have you ever wondered how the Union makes decisions or what Chapter 296 officers actually do.  Have you ever wanted to do more in the Union or influence Chapter 296 to move in a different direction? Now is your opportunity to learn all about this stuff.  Union elections are coming up.  Chapter 296 officers will talk about what they do.  We will explain how to run for office, how the voting process works, etc.

If there is time, we will provide updates on other topics.  As always, we will provide plenty of time for both 1) your questions and answers and 2) your comments and suggestions.

Because this meeting is designed for WASO staff only, we will monitor the call-ins.
All WASO staff members are welcome! Please join us.  Bring a friend or listen in with one!  Enjoy lunch with your co-workers while you learn the latest news from Chapter 296.

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