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TELL DODEA DIRECTOR: HALT EFFORT TO FORCE NEW CONTRACTS ON STATESIDE, OVERSEAS SCHOOLS
DoDEA wants to impose a new contract of FEA's Stateside bargaining unit and will eventually try to do the same to our Overseas unit, using the politically appointed Federal Services Impasses Panel (FSIP) to legitimize the effort.
If successful in its efforts, DoDEA's bogus contract would threaten teachers ability to plan/grade lessons and fulfill other duties, as well as disrupt student activities before and after school, among other harmful changes.
Go here to write DoDEA Director Tom Brady, urging him to abandon this plan and resume true and honest bargaining towards new contracts with employees before permanent damage is done to employee morale and the quality of education in DoDEA.
Read the full update from FEA about this contract threat here
Read the August FEA Journal in PDF format
CONGRESS LEAVES HURTFUL DODEA PROPOSALS OUT OF 2019 NDAAEven as we absorb the upsetting news that management wants to use the FSIP to impose negative contracts upon DoDEA employees this school year, we do have some positive news to report. Congress has finalized the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act and decided to not include requested language from DoDEA management that would have permanently gutted employees' bargaining rights and due process protections. That decision, however, in no way lessens the threat from the FSIP if DoDEA cannot be dissuaded from its strategy.
FEA Stateside Wins Academic Credits Caseposted July 23, 2018
FEA-Stateside has won an arbitration award granting back pay and salary adjustments to employees who have been improperly denied compensation for some academic credits. Learn more here.
Senators Propose Legislation to Reimburse More Feds for Taxes on Moving Assistanceposted July 19, 2018
A bipartisan group of five Senators this week introduced legislation that would allow the government to reimburse incoming and departing federal civilian employees for taxes assessed to them on moving allowances and assistance. FEA/NEA are among employee groups who have been urging lawmakers to rectify this situation, created by last year's tax changes.
Learn more about the proposed legislation to fix this tax burden
DECISION ON ANTI-EMPLOYEE EXECUTIVE ORDERS LAWSUITS EXPECTED LATE AUGUSTFEA and 12 other federal sector unions went to court on July 25 to fight three Executive Orders issued by the Trump administration earlier this year, attacking federal workers' rights to representation and fair working conditions. The judge in the case has indicated that a decision on the lawsuits will not be made until at least August 24. Learn more here
GSA Issues Guidance on Taxes Affecting Moving Costs/AllowancesThe guidance states employees being relocated for the benefit of the government (which would include those moving due to transfers or excess reassignments) are eligible for reimbursement of "substantially all" taxes on relocation assistance they get from the government. Taxes remain a huge burden, however, for those separating from or coming into DoDEA. Read FEA's update on the issue
FEA LEGAL UPDATE: Resolving Issues With Shipment of 100 Lbs Unaccompanied Baggage With RATA number of members have reported not being authorized the 100 pounds per person shipment for unaccompanied baggage on their RAT orders. FEA's legal department has issued an update to help members in this situation.
Update on Allowance/Moving Cost Tax; Proposal to Slash Fed Retirement BenefitsFEA has posted an update for members on the issue of allowances, including moving expenses, for federal employees now being taxed and also on a raft of harmful proposals from OPM that would slash the value of feds' retirement benefits. Read that update here.
CHECK OUT THIS READ ACROSS AMERICA VID FROM HEROES ESThe faculty and staff at Heroes Elementary School on Camp Lejeune made a video of themselves reading Dr. Seuss' "Oh, The Places You'll Go!" to their students. Great work everyone!
CUTS TO SUBS WILL COST STUDENTS LEARNING TIMEDoDEA students will lose upwards of a week of classroom learning time each school year under management's plan to eliminate subs during BAS testing.
Read FEA's press release and fact sheet on the BAS issue to learn more.
Hatch Act InformationVisit this page to learn more about the Hatch Act and find examples of activities allowed and prohibited under the law.
Hatch Act Do's and Don'ts
FEA HCR Newsletter and other HCR InfoView the latest issue of The Advocate, the monthly newsletter of FEA's Human and Civil Rights Program, and find other resources by clicking here.
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CALL ATTENTION TO PAY PROBLEMSIMPORTANT -- Do not download or forward this information while on government time or while using government equipment. Also, do not forward this information to any government email account, such as DoDEA Outlook mail.
Under guidance from the FEA Board of Directors, FEA Europe General Counsel/UniServ Bill Freeman has developed a letter writing campaign, aimed at bringing the numerous pay and collection issues DoDEA employees face to the attention of Congress and Pentagon leaders. Please use the link below to access information from Bill Freeman and share your stories/concerns with the decision makers suggested by Bill. Please avoid doing so, however, while on government property, while using government owned computer equipment, or while on government time.
Click here to learn more about writing decision makers in an effort to raise awareness of pay problems
Teaching Channel: Videos that Inspire TeachingThe Teaching Channel website offers a growing library of short videos to inspire K-12 teaching. These video lessons - in English language arts, math, science, and history/social sciences - include lesson objectives, questions to consider, homework ideas, and more.
Free registration provides access to:
- Highlights of skilled teachers teaching a lesson, such as Kick Me: Making Vocabulary Interactive
- Tips and tricks for new teachers, such as Attention Getting Signals: One Spot and Planning Full Days & Practicing Fast Facts
- Featured "Amazing Classrooms," such as Building Community in a Multi-Language Classroom
See the Welcome to Teaching Channel video.
Updates for our MembersRead the FEA President's Report and link to other updates for FEA members here.