NTEU Chapter 296: Notice -- September Brown Bag Lunch; This Thursday -- September 21, 2017

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

*   Increased Workload -- What are your Options? What can the Union do?
*   Unexpected Bill from NPS with a Short Repayment Deadline.  How the Union can Help.
*   Issues Raised by Meeting Attendees
*   Great News on the Union Contracts with NPS
*   NPS Ethic Officer; New and Temporary Point of Contact.
*   FY 2018 Appropriations Update
*   Much more

When: Thursday, September 21, 2017
Noon, Eastern Daylight Savings Time. 

Where: Rachel Carson Room, Basement Level,  Main Interior Building. NOTE THE ROOM LOCATION. 

We continue to test various spaces within MIB for their suitability to hold our monthly meetings.  This month we will be in the Rachel Carson Room.  As you face the Bison Bistro, it is on the left side, close to the entrance to the food service.

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

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.

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 give you some ideas.

Recently, an employee received a bill from NPS.  The bill was very large (in the thousands of dollars) and had a very short repayment schedule (by the end of September). We will explain what happened and what the Union can do.  We also want to know if you are aware of anyone else who has a similar unpleasant experience.

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.

We have great news to share about the Union's collective bargaining agreements (a.k.a, CBAs or Contracts) with the National Park Service.

We also have news to share about the NPS Ethics Officer and FY 2018 Appropriations.

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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