Merit System Principles Personnel management is based on and embodies the Merit System Principles. The merit system principles are the public’s expectations of a system that is efficient, effective, fair, open to all, free from political interference, and staffed by honest, competent, and dedicated employees. As the Department of Army experiences continued change in the […]
Prohibited Personnel Practices Prohibited personnel practices are those things a Federal employee with personnel authority may not do. A Federal employee has personnel authority if they can take, direct others to take, recommend, or approve any personnel action. This includes appointments, promotions, discipline, details, transfers, reassignments, reinstatements, or any decisions concerning pay, benefits, training, and […]
Bargaining Unit Members and Dues Paying Members: What’s the Difference? Under federal labor relations law, AFGE locals are certified to represent employees in bargaining units defined by the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA). The number of employees in these units determines the number of employees the local is legally required to represent. Within the total […]
Please take the time to review and fill-out this survey questionnaire regarding the importance of these items to you as Represented Employees of AFGE Local 1033. Command Leadership is exercising their Right to renegotiate your workplace Rights! These negotiations will […]
Federal Employee Morale Hits All Time Low, Thanks to Congress: Three years of pay freezes, furloughs and Co ngress’ policies favoring spending cuts over economic growth continue to take a toll on federal employee morale, which this year hit a record low. A report released this week by the Partnership for Public Service, “Best Places […]
Members, As we near the end of 2013, I want to take this opportunity to extend my warmest wishes to you, your families and loved ones for a safe, festive and joyous holiday season. This is been a trying year for all of us, to say the least. We entered 2013 with the third straight […]
The original issue was the 5 minute time change. Mr Hamner asked for feedback if there were still problems with the time change. The changing at the beginning and end of shift is already in the contract. If you are not given that time, we grieve and seek overtime pay (if you change on your […]
There is a “MORATORIUM” in effect from 15Dec2013-3Jan2014. During this time, no proposals or decisions on disciplinary/adverse actions (suspensions, removals, etc) will be issued. Also, no suspensions will be served and no removals effective. Reply timelines for proposed disciplinary actions (grievances, etc.) continue to run during this time. The “MORATORIUM” does not apply to ULP’s […]
ATTENTION TO ALL CRITICAL CARE NURSES! Are you interested in letting upper nursing leadership know about workplace issues? LTC Leroy Marklund is requesting that all GS-Army Civilians interested in workplace-nursing issues come forward to an open group discussion with him. LTC Marklund is extending an open invitation to address problems within your units (2S, 2N, 2T, […]
URGENT NOTIFICATION TO ALL GS-UNION MEMBERS! SAMMC/BAMC Command is exercising its right to” OPEN & RENEGOTIATE “The Union Labor Contract also known as the “Collective Bargaining Agreement”. AFGE Local 1033 is requesting participation of dues paying members to help review the contract during the month of December in preparation for the “Bargain Negotiations” in January. […]
Members, This is an invitation for you to join me Monday, October 7th for second teletown hall on the Government Lockout. We had one this week and it was a great success; over 25,000 AFGE members joined us and raised questions that many of you probably had. This coming Monday, we will be […]
Dear Member, In light of the financial difficulty being experienced by our members during the government shut down, AFGE has decided to embark on a one month long $50/$50 member rebate campaign designed to provide some financial relief to our members. Beginning on October 1, 2013 through November 14, 2013, AFGE will pay the […]
Dear Member, Today’s the third day into the Government Lockout. And I’ve got three priorities at the top of my To Do List for this Lockout. I’ve made a brief video to share them with you; watch it below. I also wanted to tell you: Good Job, Members. We’ve gotten over 5,000 calls into the […]
Attention all Members: Mr Bill Armstrong, President AFGE Local 1033 would like for all Members and Interested Persons to know that Roy Flores, AFGE National Vice President for District 10 is hosting a hot dog & hamburger cookout this Saturday 11-2 @ the district office with a member furlough march afterwards. Phone: (210) 735-8900 Fax: […]
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- Diversity Week 2014 March 7, 2014Register now to join AFGE in Minneapolis for a week of exciting training, networking and activism.
- AFGE: New GAO Report Proves Congress Must End Sequestration March 7, 2014WASHINGTON – A new report by the Government Accountability Office documenting the harmful and long-term effects of sequestration on the American public is clear proof that Congress must repeal the Budget Control Act, American Federation of Government Employees National President J
- Register for Diversity Week March 7, 2014Register now to join AFGE in Minneapolis for a week of exciting training, networking and activism.
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- What You Need to Know March 5, 2014See 11 highlights from the President's 2015 Budget Proposal.
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- McCain, Obama Team Agree: No Realistic Military Option on Ukraine March 3, 2014But the Republican faults the president’s foreign policy for the newly emboldened Putin.
- Top Armed Services Democrat: Don’t Bet on Sequestration Going Away March 3, 2014But the Pentagon budget starting in fiscal 2016 breaks the congressional spending caps.
- Analysis: No, American Weakness Didn't Encourage Putin to Invade Ukraine March 3, 2014In fact, we've pushed U.S. power further east than anyone could have imagined when the Soviet Union collapsed.
- "Frankly, Mr. Shankly" February 13, 2014Frankly, Mr Shankly, this position I've held It pays my way and it corrodes my soul I want to leave you will not miss me I want to go down in musical history -Writer: MORRISSEY, STEVEN PATRICK/MARR, JOHNNY Fallout from the Edward Snowden security breach has led to the resignation of at least one of his coworkers. The Washington Post reports that at le […]
- Ye daughters and sons of Virginia incline your ears to a story of woe.... January 22, 2014Ye daughters and sons of Virginia incline your ears to a story of woe.... "The Battle Song of the Great Kanawha" Yesterday Virginia's former governor, Robert F. McDonnell, was indicted on federal corruption charges. Per the indictment, McDonnell traded cash and high ticket items, like Rolex watches and private jets, in return for special favo […]
- Discouraging Words Per Se Violation of the Law December 26, 2013In Beckham v. Sec’y of Treasury, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) once again held that comments from a manager that discourage an employee from participating in the EEO process are a per se violation of the law. See Beckham v. Sec’y of the Treasury, EEOC Appeal No. 0120112323 (EEOC OFO May 22, 2013). In Beckham, during a meeting wit […]
- Thank you for contacting the government;We’re out of the office until the shutdown ends October 8, 2013Everyone loves a good day off, but when you’re forced to take a day, week, or month off and may not get paid for your forced “vacation,” work may seem more appealing than taking a hit to your pocket book. Unfortunately, for thousands of government workers, going to work is not an option; and their absence will be felt by private employees, especially by thos […]
- Killing Class Actions And Controlling The Procedure For Employee Disputes Through Arbitration Agreements October 7, 2013Due to a string of U.S. Supreme Court decisions in recent years favoring arbitration, less and less employment disputes may be litigated in court as employers implement new or revised arbitration terms in their employment agreements. Most recently, in June 2013, the Supreme Court held that courts cannot invalidate arbitration agreements which waive class act […]
- From “Roses” to “Black Swans” – Interns Teach Important Lessons September 26, 2013First, pay the Interns. That’s right – pay those starving college students who will do virtually anything for experience. If you choose not to pay them you are likely violating the Fair Labor Standards Act and you can look forward to paying them double plus their attorneys’ fees. If you choose not to pay the interns the experience must be primarily for the i […]
- Employer Decisions Directly Impacting the Bottom Line September 25, 2013Having recently completed an MBA, I now evaluate an employer’s legal risk differently, emphasizing the overall business impact. When you make risk/reward determinations, these have the most potential for real risk: Employee classification -- Whether this means misclassifying employees as independent contractors or improperly paying workers on a salary with n […]
- Does MLB’s new Code of Conduct on Sexual Orientation hit it out of the park or will some balk? July 26, 2013Just in time for the All-Star game, Major League Baseball (MLB) pitched a new Workplace Code of Conduct: Sexual Orientation (“Code”)1 , stating a zero-tolerance policy for harassment or discrimination based on sexual orientation. Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig, Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) Executive Director Michael Weiner, and New Yo […]
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- Navy Seeks to Increase Pay for Sailors at Sea January 22, 2014With the possibility of future pay and benefits cuts looming, Navy wants to provide a small stipend raise to boost recruitment.
- Military Pension Fight Rages On January 15, 2014Lawmakers, advocacy groups vow to press ahead for full repeal of COLA cuts.