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FSIP Sides With Management on Overseas Contract Ground Rulesposted February 22, 2019
In a move that was disappointing but not at all surprising given its clear bias in favor of management, the Federal Service Impasses Panel (FSIP) this week imposed ground rules for the bargaining of a new contract for Overseas employees that align almost exactly with those requested by DoDEA.
Read the full update about the ground rules
GOOD NEWS: No Salary Freeze for 2019FEA and NEA worked together to make sure the recent law funding government operations and ending another shutdown threat would also negate any possibility of a pay freeze in 2019 for Stateside and Overseas members. Read the full update here
VERA/VSIP Offers Begin Going Outposted February 21, 2019
DoDEA has informed us that VERA/VSIP offer letters for Overseas Excessed employees who are eligible and who timely submitted an application are expected to begin going out today (February 21). The process of sending out offer letters will take several days to complete. Those who receive offers will have three business days to accept or decline the offer. Read FEA's full update here
Overseas Excessed Placement Application Now Onlineposted February 19, 2019
The online application system for Overseas Excessed employees to apply for placement for SY 2019-2020 is now available. Find out more.
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
DoDEA THREATENS TO IMPOSE DISPUTED STATESIDE CONTRACTposted February 13, 2019
DoDEA has informed FEA's Stateside Region it intends to unilaterally impose an unsigned contract on the Stateside bargaining unit despite FEA-Stateside challenging a key provision of that contract.
FEA's Stateside Region (FEA-SR) is currently weighing legal options and will provide guidance to members in the near future. Because both sides have not finalized and signed a new Master Labor Agreement (MLA), it remains FEA-SR's position that the old, expiring MLA remains in full force and effect.
Read the full update from FEA-Stateside on this threat
Excessing Placement Tips from FEAFEA's Tips for Excess Placements for Overseas Educators -- posted January 31, 2019
View the Excess Placement Tips put together by FEA's Connie Shanaghan at this page.
VSIP/VERA AND EXCESSING INFO PAGEFEA is compiling information on the 2019 VSIP/VERA offering as well as the placement procedures for excessed employees. Visit our VSIP/VERA and Excessing Information Page
Over 300 to be Excessed From DoDEA This Year
VERA/VSIP Are To Be Offered
We were told in a meeting Tuesday that around 370 positions throughout DoDEA will be declared excess this year. Note: after our initial meeting, DoDEA told us the true figure would be slightly more than 300. Roughly 60 of the excessed positions are due to the closing of schools at Seoul. It is not clear how many of the remaining 300+ are due to changes in staffing at the high school level announced last week by DoDEA Director Tom Brady. That announcement said DoDEA would be altering staffing formulas for high school staff. The change is likely to result in larger class sizes, something FEA adamantly opposes.
Staffing documents should now be in the schools and FRSs should be working with their building principals to identity how this impacts current staffing.
DoDEA has received authorization from DOD to offer VERA and VSIP. Specific details on those offerings are expected to come out from DoDEA HQ in the coming days but we were told the amount to be offered for VSIP will be up to a maximum of $40,000.
FEA will inform members as soon as we have more details on the changes in staffing as well as the VSIP/VERA offering. For overseas school, any excessing should be done by the Excess Flow Chart based on MOU's signed by FEA and DoDDS.
DODEA PLAN TO INCREASE SECONDARY CLASS SIZES IS HARMFUL TO STUDENT LEARNINGposted January 4, 2019
DoDEA Director Tom Brady has informed employees he intends to implement unspecified increases in Pupil-Teacher Ratios (PTR) that would result in increases to secondary school class sizes -- a move FEA denounces as harmful to student learning and unnecessary, given the hundreds of wasteful administrative positions within DoDEA that should be cut before any changes to PTR are even considered.
Read FEA's full update on management's announcement.
FSIP FAVORS MANAGEMENT IN RULING ON STATESIDE MLAposted December 18, 2018
The Federal Services Impasses Panel has issued its ruling on disputed issues in the negotiation of a new Master Labor Agreement for FEA Stateside bargaining unit members. As was expected, the FSIP sided heavily with management in its ruling. Get details on the ruling and FEA-Stateside's reaction here
Read the December FEA Journal in PDF format
FEA AT-LARGE OFFICER CANDIDATESThe candidates for the following FEA At-Large offices, to be elected by Association members during balloting in January, February and March, 2019, can be found at the FEA Election Information Page:
- FEA President
- Vice President/Secretary-Treasurer
- Human & Civil Rights State Coordinator
- NEA Director
Ballots will be mailed January 17, 2019, to all FEA Active Members. The deadline for the RECEIPT of ballots is March 26, 2019.
Update on Taxable Moving Allowancesposted October 25, 2018
FEA continues to advocate for relief from taxes on moving allowances for retirees and new employees, even as DFAS begins issuing information to employees regarding their 2018 tax liabilities and opportunities for reimbursement for some employees.
Read the update from FEA here.
Government Appeals Executive Order Rulingposted October 3, 2018
The federal government recently filed an appeal of a judge's decision that struck down most parts of three anti-worker, anti-union Executive Orders issued earlier this year by the Trump White House. Those Executive Orders seek to limit union representation and bargaining rights and to make it easier to fire federal employees. In August, a federal judge ruled most provisions of the Executive Orders to be improper because they infringed upon existing labor laws passed by Congress. The government's appeal of the ruling is not a surprise and the outcome of this appeal is likely to eventually head to the Supreme Court. This appeals process is expected to carry over into 2019.
A recent online survey of FEA members revealed that, by a huge margin, Association members feel that DoDEA as a whole is heading in the wrong direction. See the survey results here.
DODEA HEADING IN WRONG DIRECTION
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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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.