June Brown Bag Lunch; Next Thursday, June 20, 2019,

Dear Colleague,

If you are a WASO employee and are not a supervisor, a management official, or a "confidential" employee, this message is for you.  If you are a supervisor, a management official, or a confidential employee; or, you don't work in WASO, we share the following information with you as a matter of courtesy.

We cordially invite you as a WASO staff person to join your fellow employees at the NTEU Monthly Brown Bag Lunch for June 2019.  

When:   Thursday, June 20, 2019,  Noon Eastern Daylight Saving Time

Where:  North Penthouse - Main Interior Building

Call-in:   877-958-6756  Passcode: 8296505 (FYI: Because this meeting is designed for WASO staff members only, we will monitor the call-ins.)

What's On The Agenda:
*    FY 2020 Proposed Pay Increase - Status and What You Can and Cannot Say/Do About It.  
*    Restoration of Lost "Use of Lose" Leave  -- When Do We Get Our Restored Leave?
*    Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS)  -- The Benefits of Responding and How Do We Improve It
*    Another Government Shut Down? -- Planning for the Possibility
*    Why You Should Check Your Employee Express Account Regularly
*    Why You Should Check Your eOPF (electronic Official Personnel File) Regularly
*      Issues Raised by Meeting Attendees 
*    Changes In The Working Environment  -- Why Do we Care? What Can Be Done?  Current Reorganizations and Realignments
*    Transportation Disruptions -- Available Options
*    Transition From Google to Microsoft  -- The Union Role
*    Labor Management Relations Committee (LMRC) Meeting Results
*    Union Opportunities
*    Much More

At the mid-point of the “brown bag lunch” meeting, we will ask for your input 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.  Are there things that the Union could do to make your participation in the Union easier? 

Whether you call in or attend -- there are high quality NTEU staff members available to Union members. Union members have access to speak/meet 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 by phone or in a face-to-face meeting. 

Since we last 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. 

Currently there is legislation proposing a 3.1% pay increase for 2020.  We will let you know the status of the bill.  We will also share with you what you can and cannot say about the proposal.  Can you lobby about this Bill? We will let you know.

Speaking of the 2020 Appropriations, is another government shutdown possible?  We will give you our insights on this topic.

We will inform you when your restored "Use or Lose" Leave will appear on your leave and earnings statement.

We will let you know why it is a good idea to respond to the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey.  The deadline is fast approaching for making your opinions known.  We also will discuss with you how you can make next year's report more useful.

Recently, the Union has become aware of several reasons why it is a good idea to check regularly both your Employee Express account and your electronic Official Personnel File.  We will explain.

Employees have rights when it comes proposed changes to the working environment.  We will explain why that is so, why we care, and what you can do about it.  Also, we will provide some current examples of proposed reorganizations and realignments.

Throughout the country, there are transportation disruptions that sometimes make it difficult to get to work on time.  Sometimes weather causes this, sometimes it is road work, and sometimes it is breakdowns in public transportation. We will share with you the tools that the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) provides to deal with the disruptions.

By now, you have probably heard that NPS will be switching from Google to Microsoft.  We will discuss some of the consequences to you that will come as a result of this switch.

Last Thursday, Union and Management leaders participated in the periodic meeting of the NPS-NTEU Labor Management Relations Committee (LMRC).  A lot of useful information came out of that meeting.  We will share that information with you.  That information includes whether telework is voluntary or not.

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.

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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