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DoDEA Gets Hiring Freeze Exemptionposted March 10, 2017
GREAT NEWS! We have received word that DoDEA has been granted an exemption from the federal hiring freeze. This hopefully means DoDEA will soon be able to start filling existing vacancies, as well as plan for the start of next school year.
As you know, FEA and NEA have been pushing for this exemption for some time. In fact, notice of this exemption came to us almost immediately after we sent members information on how they could write to Congress over the issue.
Details of the exemption are still incomplete at this time but we wanted to let members know the good news right away and we will continue to report on this as more details become available to us.
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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
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