Returning to Work During COVID-19

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The COVID-19 pandemic has been disruptive in countless ways, not least with regard to our normal work routines. As the pandemic took hold, NAPE stood up for the safety of State of Nebraska workers, demanding that management properly consider and deploy telework arrangements, social distancing, and workplace hygiene to safeguard workers’ health and well-being while […]

July 1 – Pay Raise

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After July 1, 2020 over eight thousand Nebraska state workers will have more money in their pockets. The 2019-2021 labor contract with the State of Nebraska bargained by NAPE on behalf of state workers calls for pay increases for hard working state employees. Workers covered by the contract will see a minimum two percent increase […]

Win for State Workers in NDOT Due Process Case

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Our union fights to protect the rights of State of Nebraska workers through our negotiated grievance process. The grievance process is the way in which workers and their representatives seek restitution for violations of the union’s contract with the State. NAPE picked up a big win recently in defending the right of State workers to […]

DMV Examiner Wins Initial Probation Case

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NAPE member Mike Andrews started his new job as a DMV Licensing Services Examiner I on November 21, 2019.  Mike successfully completed his initial probationary period after six months with the agency like all state employees.  Nine days after his probationary period had ended, Mike received notification that his probationary period was being extended for […]

Member Advocacy Update

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The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has not slowed down NAPE efforts to enforce our contract and to advocate for our member rights. NAPE members have filed 39 grievances alleging management violations of our contract so far in 2020. Below is a summary of cases that are heading to arbitration hearings over the summer. Bereavement Leave NAPE […]

“Join, Serve, Lead” Campaign Update

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In September 2018, NAPE began a reorganization in order to transform our union into a strong, active, member driven organization. We have an entirely new staff, a new strategic plan, and over 100 new member stewards guiding our progress. In September 2019, we launched our “Join, Serve, Lead” campaign to continue our growth and prepare […]

Welcome New Staff Members

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Meet Organizer Reed Underwood! Reed joins NAPE having recently completed a master’s degree in Education Studies at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. While at UNL, Reed honed his organizing skills by leading the effort to unionize UNL teaching and research assistants. A native of Texas, Reed has had a diverse work experience and is committed […]

Proper PPE & Safety Training Required

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NAPE members have the right to a safe working environment and proper personal protective equipment while performing their jobs under our contract. As coronavirus restrictions loosen, NAPE members will come into contact with more and more members of the public. In order to protect yourself, it is imperative that members advocate for proper safety protocols […]

COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave

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When congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act, it was designed to allow workers access to 80 hours of paid sick leave for COVID-19 and related illnesses. Shortly after the act was implemented, the federal government classified a number of jobs as “emergency responders” and “healthcare workers” exempting them from being able to access […]

Tell Ricketts: Enough Is Enough

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NelNet gets $35/hour to process Unemployment Claims Click here to send Governor Ricketts a message. Governor Ricketts and the Nebraska Department of Labor signed an agreement with NelNet to pay $35/hour for temporary workers to help process unemployment claims. The agreement will last a minimum of three months and generate $1.7 million in revenue for […]

Tell Congress: Fund the Front Lines

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Click Here to Send a Letter to Your Member of Congress Right now, front-line public service workers – health care workers, corrections officers, custodians and other public service workers – are putting their lives at risk to fight this pandemic. But if Congress doesn’t pass state and local aid, these public service workers could be […]

Town Hall Webinar Recording – April 20

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If you were unable to join us for our town hall webinar on April 20, a recording is available below. For the password, please see your e-mail or you can e-mail admin@napeafscme.org. In response to questions asked during the town hall webinar regarding the cleanliness of certain facilities, DAS State Building Division responded as follows: […]

1,600+ Petitions Delivered!

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Please call Governor Ricketts’ office at 402-471-2244 and tell him that you support NAPE and state workers. On April 15, NAPE leaders delivered nearly 1,700 petitions to Governor Ricketts’ office that members and concerned citizens submitted in the last five days demanding that State Employees be kept safe during the Coronavirus pandemic. The petitions ask […]

NAPE Calls on Governor Ricketts to Keep Us Safe!

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Click here to sign a petition to Governor Ricketts! On April 9, NAPE Chairperson Deb Strudl (DHHS, Lincoln) delivered a letter to Governor Pete Ricketts calling on him to protect our members while allowing vital services to continue during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can read the letter here. The NAPE/AFSCME Executive Committee met via conference […]

Emergency Leave FAQs & Webinar Recording

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A new federal law enacted in response to the coronavirus crisis creates a temporary right to paid leave. Employees of the State of Nebraska, State College System, and County Employees can access this leave if they are eligible. Click here to read our NAPE/AFSCME fact sheet about these leave benefits and how to access them. (Updated […]

NAPE Fights Nepotism & Wins in Scottsbluff

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NAPE Steward Nancy Gamboa has worked for DHHS for nearly 32 years, and currently works at the Scottsbluff Customer Service Center. Nancy knows how difficult it can be to get vacation leave approved, so she requested vacation leave for the week of Christmas 2020 a year in advance.  Her request was approved, except for Christmas […]

Gold’s Building Victory!

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Workers at the Gold’s Building in Lincoln have been working in unsafe and uncomfortable working conditions for years. A leaky roof, rodents, mold, and uncontrollable temperatures were just a few of the problems facing state employees each day. While the building was recently sold to a new owner and renovations have begun, the unsafe temperature […]

Broken Bow Member Wins 3 Grievances!

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NAPE member Jennifier Myers is a six year veteran DHHS Social Services Worker assigned to the Broken Bow local office. Jennifier reached out to the NAPE office in November because DHHS would not allow her to use vacation leave in order to be paid while on FMLA leave, because it considered her leave “unplanned.” The […]