Nebraska Association of Public Employees

Board Meeting Summary

March 2019

The NAPE Board of Directors met on Saturday, March 2 for their regular quarterly meeting. The following are highlights from the meeting:

  • The Membership Committee reported that as of February 1, 2019 NAPE has welcomed 154 new members since October 15, 2018. The net growth is 47 members, and 71 membership cards are “in process” (meaning they will be counted in the March census). Membership reports always lag at least one month.
  • Jeff Gillett (DAS – Lincoln), Jay Jensen (NDOT – Omaha), & Deb Strul (DHHS – Lincoln) were appointed to the Membership Rights Committee.
  • Diane Laffin (History Nebraska – Lincoln) was appointed as the Board Secretary & Jay Jensen (NDOT – Omaha) was appointed to member-at-large for unexpired terms to run until August 25, 2019.
  • The Board approved the Biennial Delegate Assembly to be held August 23-25, 2019 at the Cornhusker Marriott in Lincoln.
  • The Board accepted the Fiscal Year 2018 Audit as presented by our auditing firm DeBoer & Associates of Omaha. The audit showed that NAPE’s financial statements were materially accurate, and the auditors made some suggestions regarding policies and procedures, which have already been addressed.
  • The Board heard a report from our lobbying firm regarding the status of pending legislation that could affect our members. Additionally, the Delegate Assembly will adopt a legislative platform this summer as organize to lobby for important changes to laws that affect our members.
  • The Board heard a report regarding the recent Commission on Industrial Relations (CIR) decision in the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 88 impasse case. The CIR ruled that salaries in certain Protective Services Bargaining Unit classes would be frozen for the next two years, even though the CIR had the power to lower those salaries based on comparability. This case was the first impasse case to proceed to a CIR trial since the State Employees Collective Bargaining Act was amended in 2011. The case confirmed NAPE’s fear that the CIR can and will lower salaries based on comparability.
  • The Board is waiting to hear back from AFSCME International regarding a grant request for organizing assistance. We hope to hear back soon if AFSCME will provide this important help.
  • The Board heard a report on our recent contract ratification. Voter turnout was slightly above 20%, and the contract was ratified in all bargaining units.
Nebraska Association of Public Employees