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Failure to Bargain to ULP Prompts Posting

March 27, 2015: The FLRA San Francisco Regional Office found merit in NFFE 1998's Unfair Labor Practice charge.  The Agency agreed to settle the matter with a posting.   

 

Seattle BUE Delighted with New Leave Agreement

March 27, 2015:  Seattle Senior Steward Sue Lamie and Union Steward Rachel Devlin negotiated a new Leave Agreement with  Agency Management.  The new Leave Agreement has an option to request personal days (up to 4 a year) even when the Leave Calendar is already full.  This was a big win for the Seattle BUE.

 

2nd San Francisco Arbitration Ruled in Agency's Favor

March 27, 2015:  During another arbitration in San Francisco, the arbitrator threw out 17 of the 28 errors reported for the employee.  Despite this seeming to validate the union's argument regarding a flawed performance system, the arbitrator did not overturn the case and the terminated employee will not be returning to work.

 

NFFE 1998 Newsletter now available online!

March 24, 2015:  Local 1998's new electronic newsletter, E Pluribus Unum, was distributed today to all offices.  It contains stories on recent local victories.

 

Arbitrator Returns Passport Specialist to Work

March 3, 2015:  Arbitrator Norman Brand ordered that Passport Services return a Passport Specialist to work, with back pay for the time since dismissal.  The Agency had fired the employee from the San Francisco Passport Agency for poor performance.  The late Phil Snodgrass successfully argued at arbitration that the Passport Services performance system was flawed, as was the required standard for passing a "Knowledge of Adjudication" PIP.

 

FEEAA College Scholarship Deadline is March 27th

March 1, 2015:  NFFE members with college-bound children are able to apply for scholarships from the Federal Employee Employee Education and Assistance Fund.  Further details for the scholarship application can be found here.

 

NFFE Counsel Honored in Death

 February 27, 2015:  NFFE Associate Counsel Phillip Snodgrass was hit and killed by a car that suddenly left the road.  Snodgrass will be remembered for his strong work ethic and easy-going character .  Snodgrass defended Local 1998 in a hearing just last month. 

 

Partial Agreement Reached on Security Clearances

February 24 2015:  The Federal Services Impasses Panel instructed the Agency and Union to submit their final arguments concerning a remaining Security Clearance term in dispute.  The majority of provisions were bargained to conclusion.  Terms the Agency is already committed to for the upcoming clearance upgrades can be found here

 

Grievance Filed Over Denial Of Comp Time Option

February 20, 2015:  Local 1998 filed a grievance over changes in overtime compenstaion.  Comp time, a bargain for taxpayers compared to the alternative of overtime pay rates, was withdrawn as an option for employees at various regional passport offices. 

 

FLRA: Forty Five Agency Positions Wrongly Classified

February 2, 2015: A decision on a Union request to clarify who is within Local 1998's bargaining unit arrived today.  The FLRA ruled that 45 of 60 positions that Local 1998 had challenged were, in fact, incorrectly classified as Management positions.

 

Dates Decided for Critical Upcoming Rallies

We encourages all government workers near to the DC-area to consider committing a few hours of free time to two important upcoming events: February 10th, Noon, Senate Upper Park -The intent of the "Government Works for America" rally  is to end the sequester and fully fund government. March 4, 2015  - Employees can help with "Stop Fast Track Lobby Day" by arranging visits to their representatives on Capitol Hill.  Necessitating the meetings are ill-advised plans to fast-track the Trans Pacific Partnership, a trade agreement endangering thousands of jobs. 

 

FLRA:  No Wrongdoing by NFFE in San Juan Bargaining

January 16, 2015:  The Washington region of the Federal Labor Relations Authority determined that an Agency Unfair Labor Practice charge against NFFE 1998 was without merit.  The Agency had filed the ULP when Union brought a bargaining team of three to a negotiation session over San Juan office layout.  The Agency unsuccessfully argued that the CBA gave it the right to determine the size of bargaining teams.

 

Arbitrator Hears Arguments About Official Time Use

January 21, 2015:  Passport Services took NFFE 1998 to arbitration today over a grievance, claiming that Union officers at the Law Enforcement Liaison (LE) office misused official time by attempting to set up meetings when not on official time.  The allegations started once a different arbitrator ruled LE Management had improperly denied union time requests.

 

Failure to Bargain Office Layout Goes to Arbitration

January 7, 2015:  Well-known arbitrator Norm Abrams will settle a dispute concerning the San Juan Passport Agency.  The Agency had failed to respond to a Union request for floor plans, then completed construction in Puerto Rico without involving the employees.  Continuing, inadequate space for adjudicators, along with refusals of the agency to negotiate prompted the Union involve a third party.

 

Common Sense Approach to Notations Prevails

December 3, 2014:  The FLRA's Collaboration and Alternative Dispute Resolution Office helped guide Union and Management to an agreement that affects how Passport Specialists are charged errors.  The agreement concluded a longstanding dispute over  Agency implementation of 7 FAM 1340.

 

Poor Treatment of Detroit Employees Addressed

November 26, 2014:  Yet another employee came forward to protest disrespectful treatment by Detroit Passport Agency Management, as well as unfair performance ratings.  Local 1998 assisted in the filing of a step one grievance.

 

                                   
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  Phillip Snodgrass

Phil Snodgrass - Associate NFFE Counsel fell victim to fatal accident

Romano arbitration

Gil Yap and Mike Romano with NFFE Counsel Phil Snodgrass at San Francisco arbitration hearing

NFFE birtday cake

Cake from New Orleans officers commemorates NFFE 1998's birthday

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Hinton Lamie Trinidad-Perez

Officers Boyd Hinton, Sue Lamie and Josue Trinidad-Perez during a break in security clearance negotiations

 

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