AFGE NSPS E-NEWS
25 APRIL 2005
Organizational pride and teamwork was stressed today by the Unions to DOD. As the presentation went though its paces it was interrupted by questions due to a continuing lack of content, detail and intent. Itís clear that the different DoD componentís policies for hiring and setting pay salaries, along with to what extent that will be delegated down to at the individual Agencies, Organizations, Units and maybe Supervisor still needs to be clarified. Implementing Issuances is not the answer we want to hear.
Inducement tools and relocation benefits will remain and be flexible. Employees must be able to know this system is going to be fair in order for them to buy into it or apply for any vacancies.
This question was overlooked by DoD: While being capped under Federal Law, the fact that Federal Wage Grade employees have proven through wage surveys that their pay lags behind the so called Local Area Market (Prevailing Wage), will NSPS level the field and provide them the competitive wages theyíve sought for years?
Union Quote of the day "This is going to be a Budget-Based Pay System as opposed to Pay for Performance!" "This system needs some predictability."
Concerns about A76ís and involvement with its Full Time Equivalent (FTE) limits and interactions were brought up by the unions.
DEFCON STEERING GROUP THANKS YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT AND E-MAILS!
Soft Skills Training
Some agencies and installations are conducting so called "soft skills training" as a precursor to the implementation of NSPS. One of the unionís concerns with this type of training is how it is presented to the bargaining unit. Depending upon how well prepared and qualified the instructor is, some employees could interpret the training as meaning that NSPS is in effect now. IT IS NOT!
Union officials and stewards should be on the alert with respect to how the training is being presented and how the employees are interpreting the material being presented. Before, during, or after the class ask the instructor open-ended questions such as:
Tell your stewards and members before the class to ask these important and revealing questions. Inform them the union is still meeting with DoD officials regarding the NSPS, which is required by Federal law, "before" it can be implemented.
DEFCON depends on you, the Locals, to keep management from trying to implement NSPS before the law allows it. You have every right to attend the NSPS training and to question the officials conducting it.
KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK YOU ARE DOING. HOLD YOUR GROUND AND DONíT BACK DOWN!
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