NTEU Chapter 296: Notice -- February Brown Bag Lunch; Thursday, February 15, 2018,

We cordially invite you as a WASO staff person to join your fellow employees at the Monthly NTEU Brown Bag Lunch for February 2018.  

What: NTEU-sponsored lunch presentations regarding the following topics:
*   Legislative Issues  -- Union Priorities and What we Learned at the Union's Legislative Conference?
*   Appropriations, Budgets, Sequestration  -- What is it all about?
*   Issues Raised by Meeting Attendees
*   Supervisory Training on Labor Law  --  The Union Viewpoint
*   Reorganizations and Moves -- Big and Small
*   VERA/VSIP --  Latest Status
*   Union Contract Availability/Distribution
*   Union Elections 
*   Much more

When: Thursday, February 15, 2018
Noon, Eastern Standard 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 February'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.

Since we met in January, 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?

When we meet, several of your Union colleagues will be fresh from the Union's annual Legislative Conference.  They will share with you what they learned at the conference including what's going on now, the Union's legislative priorities for the year, etc.

Our periodic Labor Management Relations Committee (LMRC) meeting will take place immediately prior to the February brown bag lunch.  The LMRC meeting agenda includes topics such as the distribution of the new Union contract, the status of the new round of VERA/VSIP (Voluntary Early Retirement Authority/Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment), and other hot topics.  We will share with you what we learn at that meeting.

The Union recently had the opportunity to participate in and assess a training course on "Understanding Federal Labor Laws."  We will let you know what we learned about the training and our positive assessment of its approach.

There are a series of pending reorganizations and moves.  We will give you a status report on all of those.  This briefing will include how the Union obtained information useful to the employees that a move will affect.

Elections for Chapter 296 officers are nearing completion.  We will let you know the status of the voting process, what we already know, and when the new (?) officers start their terms.

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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