Emergency COVID Leave Expires

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In March 2020, at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The FFCRA provided 80 hours of emergency paid sick leave for state employees who had COVID-19 or needed to quarantine. Additionally, the FFCRA allowed for access to Emergency Family Medical Leave (eFMLA) for state employees that […]

State Contract Ratification Results

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The tentative agreement with the State of Nebraska on a new contract has been ratified by all bargaining units. The new contract will be in effect from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2023. NAPE members attended ratification meetings throughout December in person and virtually, with an overall voter turnout of 20.99%. Results of the […]

Members Only Webinar Series

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Throughout 2021, NAPE will offer a 45 minute monthly webinar for its members. The webinars are designed to teach members about our contract and rights in the workplace, with a new topic introduced each month. Members can click below to register for a webinar below. Webinars are only open to NAPE members. Not a NAPE […]

CFS Specialist Awarded 18 months Back Pay

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CFS Specialist Lacy Dye was terminated by the Department of Health and Human Services in March 2019 for allegedly violating confidentiality after sharing information with a colleague regarding an error that she discovered in the NFOCUS database. Lacy immediately contacted NAPE for assistance, and a grievance was filed on her behalf challenging the termination. The […]

State Patrol Forensic Scientist Wins Wrongful Termination Case

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Before taking disciplinary action against an employee, our NAPE contract requires management inform the employee of the detailed allegations against them, the date the alleged violations took place, and offer the employee an opportunity to respond to the allegations at a predisciplinary meeting before the imposing discipline.  State Patrol Forensic Scientist Ryan Pavlish was being […]

DHHS Dress Code Legal Update

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In mid-December, NAPE filed our response in Lancaster County District Court to the DHHS Lawsuit attempting to overturn an Arbitrator’s binding decision regarding the employee dress code. In our response, NAPE’s attorney briefly set forth our argument that under Nebraska law, the Arbitrator’s decision is final and binding. Additionally, NAPE is asking the judge to […]

Board of Directors Meeting Summary

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The NAPE Board of Directors held its quarterly meeting in Lincoln on November 14. The Board heard a number of committee reports and took action on a variety of items. A summary of the meeting is below: Reports The Membership Committee reported that our two year membership growth is approaching 50% growth. We have gone […]

Tentative Contract Agreement Reached!

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NAPE/AFSCME has reached a tentative agreement with the State of Nebraska on a new contract for over 8,000 state employees to run from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2023. Highlights of the tentative agreement include: A step pay plan that moves employees toward their classification maximum each year A $12/hour minimum salary for all […]

DHHS Files Lawsuit Over Dress Code

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Late in the day on November 13, DHHS CEO Dannette Smith sent a message to employees that the arbitration decision that invalidated the dress code she unilaterally imposed, in violation of the NAPE contract, was not binding and was being appealed. Ms. Smith stated that she would allow employees to wear casual clothing until January […]

Negotiations Update – November 9

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Our NAPE negotiations team has made major progress towards a new contract with the State of Nebraska that includes some of our top priorities like a step pay plan and increases to the minimum wage, without making any changes to our leave benefits through a PTO plan. The negotiations team has been focused on our […]

Omaha CFS Specialist Reinstated!

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Child/Family Services Specialist, and NAPE member, Donta Brown had his employment terminated by the Department of Health and Human Services after it was alleged that he failed to implement a safety plan for an at risk child. Donta denied the allegations from the very beginning, and made sure he had a union representative with him […]

Victory! – DHHS Dress Code

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In December 2019, the Department of Health and Human Services unilaterally decided to change its employee dress code, requiring all employees to wear business casual attire, regardless of their job duties. Led by NAPE stewards at the Fremont Customer Service Center, a grievance was filed arguing that the new policy violated our contract, because it […]

DHHS Member Wins Wrongful Termination Case

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Veteran DHHS Social Services Worker, and NAPE member, Angel Murtaugh was terminated after a DHHS client filed a complaint with the agency, alleging that Angel delayed the processing of SNAP benefits and treated the client disrespectfully. The client demanded that Angel be fired, and DHHS obliged. Angel filed a grievance challenging the termination on a […]