June "Third Thursday" Brown Bag Lunch; Thursday, June 21, 2018,

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 2018.  

What: NTEU-sponsored lunchtime presentations regarding the following topics:
*   New Executive Orders That Attack Federal Unions  -- What Do They Do, Why You Should Care, What We Can Do About It
*   Membership Contact Information Check -- Rationale and Rewards
*   Missing or Late Performance Plans and Mid-Year Reviews -- What Are the Consequences? 
*   Issues Raised by Meeting Attendees
*   Meeting With the National President of NTEU  -- Report and Follow-up
*   More Help From the Union -- Our New Field Representative/Attorney in the West
*   Opportunities to Help Yourself and the Union --  Our Annual Traditional Cultural Practice
*   Having Difficulty Getting to Your Polling Place in Time to Vote  -- There is Administrative Leave for That
*   Much more

When: Thursday, June 21, 2018

            Noon, Eastern Daylight Savings Time. 

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

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 wing stairs.  Look for the NTEU signs.  In our last few meetings, the room has been on the cool side.  We have asked for an improvement in the temperature, but you should come prepared for a cool temperature nonetheless.
If you are planning to participate in June's Third Thursday Brown Bag Lunch by telephone, here is the information that you need to know.

Call in: 877-958-6756
Passcode: 8296505

We have received word that we did not have enough lines available for last month's meeting.  Thus, some folks who wished to participate could not.  We are taking steps to remedy that problem.  In the meantime, if you would call in together with colleagues, rather than individually, that would give more people the opportunity to participate.

One of the factors in having a successful meeting 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't clearly hear the speakers.

It is likely that our talented Union Field Representative and labor lawyer extraordinaire Sarah Riger will attend June's Third Thursday Brown Bag Lunch.  Please give her a warm welcome when you see her.  If you would like some private time with an experienced labor lawyer, please contact Sarah in person or via email (sarah.riger@nteu.org) to arrange a time to meet with her either face-to-face or by telephone.

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. 

We will continue our 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.  Are there things that the Union could do to make your participation in the Union easier?

At 5:30 P.M., on Friday, May 25th, the day before Memorial Day weekend, President Trump issued three Executive Orders (EOs) which will severely limit the ability of Federal unions to carry out their missions to help Federal employees.  All Federal Unions believe that at least portions of the EOs violate statutory law.  Consequently, your union and almost all Federal Unions have filed suit to overturn the EOs and to block their implementation. We have invited experts on this topic from the Union's national office to share their knowledge with us.  We will let you know what's in the EOs, why it matters to you, and what steps the Union is taking.  We will also let you know what you can do as citizens.

We will explain why it is important that the Union has current contact information for all of its members.  We also will explain how you could benefit personally from merely checking your contact information to ensure that it is current.

It has come to the Union's attention that there are still some supervisors who have not provided their employees with FY 2018 Performance Plans and/or have not held mid-year reviews. If these important events are not completed by July 1, 2018, it will be too late for employees to have a reasonable opportunity to improve their performance by the end of the rating period, September 30, 2018.  Performance ratings have a strong connection to each employee's eligibility for performance awards.  At the meeting, we will provide more details on this situation and let you know how the Union plans to address this matter.  We also hope to get some feedback from meeting attendees.

We will provide a report on the June 18, 2018, meeting of NTEU National President Anthony Reardon with Acting NPS Director Danny Smith.  We will let you know what happened, what's next, and how you can help President Reardon's follow-up discussions with NPS Leadership.

It will be our pleasure to tell you about our new Field Representative/Attorney Arathi Premkumar, who will assist Sarah Riger and will help especially with our facilities in the West.

As is our tradition, we will discuss our annual efforts to recognize your efforts to strengthen the Union.

We are in the middle of the primary voting season.  If you anticipate problems in working your regular schedule and still making it to your polling place in time to vote, the Union Contract has information that will help you.  In the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), Article 16 (Administrative Leave), Section 2 (Voting), provides for administrative leave if your polling place is not open at least three hours before or after your regular hours of work.  We will give you the details at the meeting.

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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