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Federal Unions and Employee Group News

NWS union alleges unfair labor practice

A labor group has filed an unfair labor practice charge against National Weather Service management, alleging that NWS is engaging in illegal surveillance of private discussions on the union’s members-only Facebook page.

AFGE rejects plans to revamp VA healthcare

The American Federation of Government Employees union, joined by health professionals and partner unions, has issued a position paper pressing Congress to reject the revamp of veterans healthcare called for by the Commission on Care.

NARFE: 'Stunned and angered' at spike in federal long term care insurance

The Office of Personnel Management has announced a large spike in premiums that federal employees will have to pay for long term care insurance—and one of the largest federal employees organizations has responded in anger.

Union condemns plan to close down Bureau of Prisons factories

The federal Bureau of Prisons recently announced plans to shut down some 25 factories nationwide—factories that make millions of dollars of domestically produced clothing, eye wear, furniture, services and license plates—and unions and the employees they represent are pushing back.

Unions push back against calls for creation of new VA Care System

Early this month, the so-called Commission on Care—a panel created under a 2014 law seeking answers on how best to deliver veterans healthcare—issued its final report, calling for a major shake-up to the Department of Veterans Affairs health care system. Since the report’s release, there has been growing controversy and—among federal employee unions and other major stakeholders—mostly opposition to the commission’s recommendations.

APWU gets new contract

The American Postal Workers Union last week said that arbitration has resulted in a new contract with the U.S. Postal Service.

Event to spotlight data-driven recruitment

A major good governance nonprofit, the Partnership for Public Service, on July 19 will host an event to highlight and inform participants about how to use today’s vast wells of data to help fill federal jobs—efficiently and with the best applicants.

NARFE says amended WEP bill weakened

The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association this week said it has withdrawn its support for a bill aimed at moderating the effects of the Windfall Elimination Provision after lawmakers made changes which the group says substantially weakened the legislation.

House committee passes postal reform bills

A House panel this week advanced two bipartisan bills aimed at overhauling the U.S. Postal Service.

NTEU slams financial services funding bill

The National Treasury Employees Union last week condemned a House-passed funding bill which the union maintains will hinder the ability of three key agencies to perform their missions.

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