May "Third Thursday" Brown Bag Lunch; Thursday, May 17, 2018

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, a confidential employee, or 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 Monthly NTEU Brown Bag Lunch for May 2018.  

What: NTEU-sponsored lunch presentations regarding the following topics:
*   Office of Personnel Management's (OPM's) Legislative Proposal Regarding Retirement  --  If Passed, it Will Affect You
*   Anti-Harassment Training and "NPS Voices" Listening Sessions  -- What the Union Said on Your Behalf
*   Training for Performance Plans and Evaluations -- What's Going On in Your Directorate?
*   2018 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey -- Changes in Participation Protocol and The Value of Responding
*   Issues Raised by Meeting Attendees
*   Meeting With the National President of NTEU  -- Report and Follow-up
*   Credit Card Threshold and Other Changes  -- What they Do and Do Not Do
*   Opportunities to Help Yourself and the Union --  Our Annual Traditional Cultural Practice
*   Government ID Renewals -- What you Need to Know
*   MIB Customer Communication Forum -  Why it is Useful.
*   Much more

When: Thursday, May 17, 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. 
If you are planning to participate in May'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 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.

Our talented Union Field Representative and labor lawyer extraordinaire Sarah Riger plans to attend the May'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 ( 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?

On May 4th, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (at the request of OPM) introduced legislation that would change the Federal Government's retirement system in a major way.  If passed, the Bill will affect you and all of your Federal Government friends, including your friends who are already retired. We will let you know what's in the Bill and what steps the Union is taking.  We will also let you know what you can do as citizens.

On your behalf, the Union participated in one of the "NPS Voices" sessions.  We will share what we learned and what we said.  We would like to hear about your experiences with NPS Voices.

During this summer, at least one Directorate has arranged for mandatory training on performance appraisals, performance plans, etc.  We will let you know how the Union plans to address this issue.  We would also like to hear what is going on in your Directorate.

The 2018 Employee Viewpoint Survey has begun.  We will let you know what is new this time around and why it is important for us all to participate.

We will provide a report on the April 26, 2018, visit of NTEU National President Anthony Reardon to NPS.  We will let you know what happened, what's next, and how you can help President Reardon's follow-up discussions with NPS Leadership.

The Department recently announced a change in purchase card thresholds. We will let you know what effect these and other changes will have on your office.

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

This year, many of us will have the need to renew our Government IDs.  We will let you know what you need to know that is not in the instructions.

At the Main Interior Building (MIB), the building management office holds a monthly "Customer Communications Forum".  We will let you know why this is a worthwhile meeting to attend.  The May meeting will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, May 16th.  At the Brown Bag Lunch, we will share with you anything of a general interest that occurs at the Forum.

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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