Learn About Our New Contract

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Starting July 1, 2021, State of Nebraska employees will begin working under a new contract negotiated by NAPE. With the new contract in place, a number of exciting changes will be coming your way. NAPE will be hosting a number of meetings across the state of Nebraska throughout the month of June and July to […]

DD Service Coordinator has Discipline Overturned by Arbitrator

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Developmental Disabilities Service Coordinator, and NAPE member, Kedrick Ford was disciplined with a two-day suspension and six-month disciplinary probation by the Department of Health and Human Services based on allegations of inappropriate behavior in the workplace. Kedrick denied the allegations from the start and reached out to NAPE for help right away. NAPE steward Ashlie […]

Corrections Member Wins Wrongful Termination Case

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Chemical Dependency Treatment Specialist, and NAPE member, Jackeline Sproul was terminated by the Department of Correctional Services for allegedly having unauthorized contact with an inmate. As a NAPE member, Jacky had access to our professional staff who represented her every step of the way as she challenged the disciplinary action. In late 2020, at her […]

NAPE Demands to Bargain Remote Work Policies

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On May 24, 2021, Governor Ricketts issued Executive Order 21-05, which ordered state code agencies to return to normal in-person operations immediately. This included directing state employees working from home to reduce workforce density due to the COVID-19 pandemic to return to offices in person. Many agencies have recently revised their “Remote Work” policies in […]

NAPE Members Prevail on 24 Hour Facility Overtime Grievance

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In April, three NAPE members brought forward concerns relating to the assignment of overtime at the Beatrice State Developmental Center (BSDC). At the facility, the agency was inappropriately assigning overtime in two ways. BSDC was not soliciting volunteers before assigning over time, and the management was maintaining two separate overtime rosters. These are both contract […]

DHHS Dress Code Legal Update

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In February 2020, NAPE won a case in binding arbitration after a grievance was filed challenging the unilateral changes to employee’s dress code requiring certain employees to wear business casual clothing.  In late 2020, DHHS filed a lawsuit attempting to overturn the Arbitrator’s binding decision. In our response, NAPE’s attorney briefly set forth our argument […]

Board of Directors Runoff Election Results

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In March, All NAPE members had the chance to vote to elect fellow members to the NAPE Board of Directors for the 2021-2023 term. Since no candidate received a majority of votes for Western Area Representative or the third At-Large Representative, a runoff election for those two seats was held in May. The runoff results […]

Scottsbluff SSW Wins Overtime Grievance, DHHS Appeals

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NAPE Member Veronica DeBlieck is a Social Services Worker at the DHHS Scottsbluff Customer Service Center. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, SSW’s have been assigned mandatory overtime to process the influx of requests for economic assistance. This winter, the mandatory overtime assignments were lifted, and instead, employees were allowed to volunteer for overtime. Looking forward to […]

Parole Officer Wins Transfer Probation Grievance

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When state employees transfer from one agency to another, they may be required to serve an initial probationary period. Our NAPE contract requires the agency to inform transfer employees before they take the position if they will be required to serve a new initial probationary period. This is important so employees can decide if they […]

May Members Only Webinars

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Have you ever felt bullied or harassed in the workplace? Have you witnessed workplace harassment and not known what to do? Do you have a difficult supervisor? If the answer to any of these questions is “yes,” join us for our May Members Only Webinars where we explore your rights and provide practical advice on […]

Delegate Assembly Nominations Due April 23

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Nominations are now open to serve as delegates to the Biennial NAPE/AFSCME Local 61 Delegate Assembly. The Delegate Assembly is the highest decision making body of the union, and meets in person every other year. The elected delegates are responsible for setting policy goals, adopting resolutions, adopting changes to the bylaws, setting dues, and electing […]

April Members Only Webinars

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Throughout 2021, NAPE is offering 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 […]