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10.18.2019 NAAE Update

NAAE Members:

Our Union has joined the fight against the administration's plot to weaken the rights of federal employees and their unions.

On behalf of NAAE members, we have sued the government alleging that the three Executive Orders issued by the President in May 2018 are incompatible with the laws governing labor-management relations in the federal government, and we are asking the judge to block them.

You may have heard that other unions have filed similar cases, but ours speaks directly to the profound and debilitating effect the orders will have on our small but mighty union, and it is important for us to take a stand.

For example, one of the provisions in the Executive Orders would severely limit grievances by any of our employees over removals or ratings.  Another provision would dramatically curtail the amount of time that NAAE representatives are allowed to spend preparing grievances or providing other important representational services to our members.  This would be a direct attack on NAAE's effectiveness.  It could also lead to management being more dismissive of our union when it comes time to bargain a new contract.  That is not good for any of us.

We have already seen other federal agencies use these orders to gut contracts and take away important rights and benefits, and we don't want to be next.

The case was filed October 18, 2019 in U.S. District Court in Maryland, and we will keep you updated on its progress.
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Labor Mangement Forums

Executive Order 13522: Creating Labor-Management Forums to Improve Delivery of Government Services

USDA Forum

09.22.11 USDA Forum Charter

PPQ Forum

12.02.14 NAAE/APHIS Success Story Presentation for the National Council

09.22.11 PPQ Forum Charter

09.22.11 Check out the Forum website, posted there are copies of minutes, metrics reports, and many other related documents.   PPQ Forum website on the APHIS Intranet

03.31.09 Memorandum of Understanding for the Mobilization Guide and Temporary Duty Assignments

04.15.09 Foreign TDY Overtime Grievance Resolution

03.03.08 Foreign TDY Overtime Grievance

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Influenza Preparedness Information

Office procedures approved by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management that PPQ may use in the event of a Pandemic Influenza Outbreak

Additional information on government plans for dealing with pandemic influenza, follow the links below:
Main US Government Website (PandemicFlu.gov)
Health and Human Services Plan
Department of Homeland Security-Critical Infrastructure
07.21.09 PPQ Pandemic Plan MOU
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Uniform Information

8.22.13 Uniform Guidelines

07.07  Uniform Agreement Signed—Employees to Receive up to $800 Uniform Allowance

For comments, concerns and suggestions please contact your Uniform Committee Representative:

Victor Zeno                                                                     Tim Cassidy
NAAE Eastern Region                                                  NAAE Western Region
Victor.Zeno@aphis.usda.gov                                       timothy.m.cassidy@aphis.usda.gov

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NAAE Agreements and MOUs

3.18.15 Voluntary Lateral Transfers MOU

04.17.14 SITC Officer/ PHSS Blended Position Description MOU

08.22.13 Uniform Guidelines

06.14.10 Web T&A Implementation

10.02.09 eOPF MOU

07.21.09 PPQ Pandemic Plan MOU

03.31.09 Memorandum of Understanding for the Mobilization Guide and Temporary Duty Assignments

06.10.07 Electronic Earning & Leave Statement MOU

07.31.06 Implementation of the e-Authentication Program MOU

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03.31.09 Memorandum of Understanding for the Mobilization Guide and Temporary Duty Assignments

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CBP Upgrade

A letter from NAAE President Sarah Rehberg to PPQ’s Deputy Administrator Rebecca Bech regarding CBP’s recent announcement that they intend to raise CBP Agriculture Specialist’s journeyman level to GS-12

12.16.09 PPQ Deputy Administrator Rebecca Bech's Response to NAAE's Letter Regarding the Upgrade

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CBP Agriculture

Restoration News

FLRA Appeal of Agriculture Specialists Non-Professional Determination

NAAE Comments on the GAO Report on Protecing Against Agroterrorism

Letter from NAAE General Counsel on Blocked DHS Personnel System Regulations

The Feinstein Bill

9th Circuit Court of Appeals re FLRA Decision of Ag-Specialists Non-Professional Status

NAAE Brief for 9th Cuircut Court of Appeals

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