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FEA STATESIDE TAKES CONTRACT FIGHT TO ARBITRATORposted September 16, 2019
FEA-Stateside Region last week went before a neutral arbitrator to present its case that DoDEA illegally and unilaterally implemented an unsigned contract on the Stateside Certified bargaining unit.
Read the full update here
Lawmakers Express Concerns Over Stateside Unpaid Hours, Increase in PTRposted September 16, 2019
A bi-partisan group of lawmakers last week expressed concerns to the DoDEA Director and his boss at the Pentagon over the Agency's requiring employees to work an additional 24 hours per quarter with no added pay and its decision to unnecessarily cut teaching positions, resulting in higher PTRs and reduced class offerings in some schools.
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TWO GREAT VICTORIES FOR STATESIDE MEMBERSposted August 14, 2019
FEA-Stateside has prevailed in a pair of improper dismissal cases affecting members at Fort Knox and Fort Jackson. In both cases, arbitrators ruled that DoDEA improperly dismissed employees over certification issues. The Agency was ordered to reinstate both employees, though without the backpay the Association argued was legally owed to them. Congratulations to the impacted educators who are now being reinstated, and also to FEA-Stateside General Counsel Angelia Stubbs, who handled both cases. As always, the Association stands up for members against wrongful acts by management!
POSITIVE NEWS ON PCS TAX RELIEF FOR RETIRING, INCOMING EMPLOYEESBoth the Senate and House Armed Services Committees have included language to extend RITA/WTA reimbursements to retiring/departing and incoming federal civilians being taxed on PCS moves. Find out what that means for the possibility of the tax relief being enacted here.
FEA AREA DIRECTOR ELECTIONSNominations are now being accepted for the following offices on the FEA Board of Directors:
- FEA Director for DDESS
- FEA Pacific Area Director
- FEA Europe Area Director
Nomination forms must be received by October 16, 2019. Ballots will be mailed to FEA members January 16, 2020, and must be received by March 24, 2020, to be counted.
Please consider nominating yourself or another FEA Active Member for office!
Read the August FEA Journal in PDF format
Overseas Bargaining Update #3
Management wants to increase the length of the duty day and eliminate guaranteed prep time
posted July 31, 2019
As part of a new contract for Overseas employees, DoDEA wants to extend the work day to 8.5 hours (8 hours of duty time plus a 30 minute duty-free lunch), with no added pay.
The Agency also proposes to eliminate the guarantee of prep time for Overseas secondary educators and instead only provide "reasonable/adequate" prep time, whatever that may mean.
Read FEA's Overseas Bargaining Update #3 for more information
APPEALS COURT RULES AGAINST UNIONS IN FIGHT OVER ANTI-EMPLOYEE EXEC ORDERSposted July 16, 2019
A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has overturned an earlier ruling against a trio of anti-employee/anti-union Executive Orders issued by the Trump White House in 2018.
The three Executive Orders attack federal workers and their unions in numerous ways, including mandating changes and eliminating due process in order to speed up and ease the process of firing employees deemed to be "bad performers"; severely limiting the amount of time employee-elected union representatives can spend performing representational duties, such as helping with grievance filings; and placing time limits on the duration of collective bargaining.
Read FEA's full update on the decision here.
SMART LES FIGHT CAN CONTINUEposted June 24, 2019
FEA's Unfair Labor Practice over management's failure to develop a "Smart LES" to better explain pay, benefits, deductions, etc. was filed in a timely manner and can proceed, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled, overturning the NLRA's rejection of the ULP. See the full story here.
Stripes Article Highlights PTR Increases, Lack of Info From DoDEARead the June 24 story on the harmful impact of DoDEA's completely unnecessary increases to PTR at the middle and high school level and the lack of information from DoDEA headquarters about the cuts.
Planned course cuts, bigger classes at schools for military kids frustrate families, teachers
STATESIDE MEMBERS: BE SURE TO LOG UNPAID TIMEFEA-Stateside members are reminded to use the Association-provided tracking sheet to log the unpaid hours they were required to work this school year and submit the tracking sheets to FEA-SR, for use in the Association's upcoming arbitration. Read the full update and access the tracking form here.
WE ARE NOT ALONE IN OUR FIGHTNEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia recorded this fantastic message of support and thanks to FEA members worldwide and reminds us that we are not alone in our fight against DoDEA and the federal government for better working and learning conditions. Visit this page (when you are off duty, off government property and not using government equipment) to voice your opposition to DoDEA's unilateral and illegal contract actions in Stateside schools and look for more opportunities to take action in the months ahead.
End of An Era
FEA Executive Director/General Counsel H.T. Nguyen Announces Plans to Retire End of 2019
Read H.T.'s statement to members here
DoDEA Releases Info on RITA/WTA for PCS Taxesposted March 11, 2019
DoDEA has (FINALLY!) issued guidance to Overseas employees regarding the availability of and procedure to follow in order to claim Relocation Income Tax Allowance (RITA) and/or Withholding Tax Allowance (WTA) for taxes on applicable civilian PCS moves. Anyone who PCSed in 2018 is advised to visit DoDEA's Web site and carefully read the guidance from DoDEA (found at the bottom of the linked page) to make sure you take advantage of the resources available to you.
DoDEA Info on PCS and Tax Changes
DoDEA Withdraws Law Attacking Workers' RightsIn a victory for DoDEA employees and proponents everywhere of workers' rights, DoDEA has announced it is withdrawing a proposed law that would have stripped workers of rights and basis civil service protections under the guise of merging Stateside and Overseas schools into a single system. The law may be reintroduced in the future, however.
Read the full update from FEA on this issue here
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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Updates for our MembersRead the FEA President's Report and link to other updates for FEA members here.