Union Member Rights and Officer Responsibilities under the Civil Service Reform Act As posted on the Department of Labor Website (www.dol.org) on 2/26/2010 http://www.dol.gov/olms/regs/compliance/members.htm Union Member Rights and Officer Responsibilities Under the LMRDA The Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA) guarantees certain rights to union members and imposes certain responsibilities on union officers. The Office […]
Due to the BRAC realignment, 280 Department of Air Force (AF) Civilians were transitioned to the Department of Army in Oct 2013. Individual personnel records were transferred from AF personnel system to the Army personnel system via the M2M records transfer. The final phase to complete this transition from Air Force to Army is for individual payroll […]
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 […]
- I Am AFGE Chapter 2 April 16, 2014Meet Jill Carver: A Bureau of Prisons teacher and proud AFGE member.
- Meet Jill Carver: A Bureau of Prisons teacher and proud AFGE member April 16, 2014A day on the job for Carver means entering a medium-security federal prison, where she works one-on-one with more than a hundred inmates – trying to teach them life skills they can use when they are released.
- AFGE, Council of Prison Locals Commend U.S. Sentencing Commission Action to Reduce Drug Trafficking Sentences April 11, 2014Action would help reduce federal prison overcrowding, improve safety for prison staff and inmates WASHINGTON – The American Federation of Government Employees and its Council of Prison Locals today commended the U […]
- 7 Ways the Van Hollen Budget Supports Government and Its Workforce April 10, 2014House lawmakers led by Chris Van Hollen released their own budget proposal that offers stark differences from the plan proposed by Paul Ryan.
- Invisible Social Security Cuts: Now You See Them, Now You Don’t April 9, 2014It’s also getting a lot harder to find Social Security field offices, or to find someone to pick up the phone, as the Social Security Administration enters into yet more rounds of steep budget cuts.
- Biden, Survivors Pay Tribute on Anniversary of Boston Marathon Bombings April 15, 2014Vice president says recovery has been inspirational.
- The FBI Thinks It Can Pass Off Downtown D.C. as Shanghai April 15, 2014Film warns American students about becoming spies while studying abroad.
- Defense Team in 9/11 Trial Says the FBI May Be Spying on Them April 14, 2014Emergency motion derails a planned competency hearing at Guantanamo Bay.
- Armed Standoff Over Cattle Grazing on Federal Land Comes to an End April 14, 2014Long-standing dispute escalated last week as BLM officials attempted to seize cattle.
- Why Are So Many Older Veterans Committing Suicide? April 14, 2014Fort Hood shooting shines a spotlight on an overall epidemic, but suicide rates are higher for older generations.
- Commentary: Defense Civilian Layoffs Won’t be Pleasant, But They Are Necessary April 10, 2014The 15 percent cut mandated in the REDUCE Act would rebalance the Pentagon’s workforce.
- Don't Let Your Last Tweet End Your Federal Career - Understanding the Hatch Act and Its Restrictions on Your Political Activity April 11, 2014This week the U.S. Office of Special Counsel’s (OSC) Hatch Act Unit made the headlines of the Washington Post – Watchdog: IRS workers urged taxpayers to reelect Obama, disparaged GOP. In fact, the OSC has been very busy these last three months, publicizing numerous Hatch Act enforcement actions, including its investigation and intent to prosecute a federal […]
- FERS Applicants Literally Get the Shaft Reports the Washington Post March 25, 2014shaft [shaft, shahft] 11. Noun. Mining. a vertical or sloping passageway leading to the surface. 17. Verb. Informal. to treat in a harsh, unfair, or treacherous manner. Any federal employee thinking of applying for retirement should read this recent article published in the Washington Post: David A. Fahrenthold, "Sinkhole of bureaucracy: Deep under […]
- Did You Miss Our Free Webinar Today - Do You Have the Right to Remain Silent? March 20, 2014"Do You Have the Right to Remain Silent? - Your Rights in Administrative Investigations.” The Federal Government may investigate civilian employees for a myriad of reasons. Answers to questions during an investigation may be used against you to compromise your rights and benefits under federal law. Prior to responding to questions, it is important for y […]
- $3,478 per Word: Loose Lips Sink Ships and Employees, Too March 13, 2014If you have ever been fired or laid-off, your natural tendency would be to tell off your previous boss. The words “SUCK IT” come to mind, but how costly is getting things off your chest when you have been paid severance or settled a case with your former employer? One Florida teenager, Dana Snay, recently learned this lesson the hard way. Her father, Patrick […]
- Sleeping on the Job: The Legal Dangers of Sleep Pods March 13, 2014I love being a lawyer. One “advantage” is that you are always thinking like a lawyer – even when you have two crying and fussy babies in the backseat of your car. This is why the news story on the radio about sleep deprivation caught my attention – as a lawyer and a mom. Apparently, one challenge at university campuses across the nation is the amount of slee […]
- 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 […]
- More Than 15,000 Federal Employees Make at Least $200K April 17, 2014Top earning employees work at highly specialized agencies.
- Obese Feds Can Now Have Their Diet Pills Covered April 10, 2014OPM also wants to make it easier to receive bypass, lap band surgeries.
- Military Families Worry About Possible Commissary Closures April 3, 2014A Pentagon proposal to slash subsidies that keep base stores affordable would negatively affect middle-class personnel, survey finds.
- Have a Clearance? You Can Earn a Lot More Outside Government March 27, 2014Cleared independent consultants typically make nearly $30,000 more annually than cleared feds.
- Earning New Benefits, Protecting Old Ones March 19, 2014TSA employees win new rights in arbitration.
- Some Lawmakers Are Feeling More Generous Toward Feds March 12, 2014Bigger COLAs for federal retirees, better care for vets among recent legislative proposals.
- Feds Petition for More Pay; Some Could Get It March 5, 2014Senior-level managers, scientific employees and EPA workers could be coming into more money soon.
- Locality Pay Still in a Deep Freeze February 26, 2014While federal employees’ base pay appears to be headed for its second consecutive increase, locality rates have stayed the same for four years.