Last week, the Nebraska Commission of Industrial Relations (CIR) granted our union’s motion for temporary relief and ordered the State of Nebraska to continue allowing our members to work remotely while our prohibited practices petition is pending before the CIR.
In direct violation of the CIR’s order, some state agencies, including the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Revenue, and the State Patrol have told all employees that their remote work status is being revoked in mid-January.
Because these agencies have decided to ignore the CIR’s order, NAPE/AFSCME took legal action on January 4, 2024 by filing a petition in the District Court of Lancaster County. The petition asks a judge to enforce the CIR’s order and hold the State of Nebraska in contempt in accordance with state law (R.R.S. 48-819). A copy of the filing may be viewed here. A hearing on our petition was scheduled for Friday, January 12 at 10:30am, but will now take place on Friday, January 19 at 8:30am at the Lancaster County Courthouse (575 S. 10th Street, Lincoln) in Courtroom 34 (3rd Floor). The hearing is open to the public and members are welcome to attend.
Our union members are committed to working with the State of Nebraska to protect the best interests of all Nebraskans. We hope that the State will avoid needless litigation and agree to negotiate with us. If not, we will take our prohibited practices petition case to trial.