Contract Ratification Meeting Schedule

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In preparation of our negotiations team reaching a tentative agreement on a new contract with the State of Nebraska, a ratification meeting schedule has been set for November 30 – December 18. Union members must vote to accept or reject the tentative contract agreement. Our bylaws require members to attend a ratification meeting in order […]

Negotiations Update – October 29

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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 […]

NAPE Store Is Open

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Would you like to show your NAPE pride? Order custom NAPE t-shirts, hoodies, polo shirts, hats, and more at the NAPE store. T-shirts and hoodies can be ordered by downloading this order form and mailing a check to the NAPE office (770 N. Cotner Blvd, Suite 403, Lincoln, NE 68505). Custom embroidered polos, hats, vests, […]

NAPE Member Prevails in Harassment Case

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NAPE member, and 19-year veteran of the Nebraska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, Diane Viher was taken to an alley outside the commission office in Sidney to meet with the NOGCC Director and Deputy Director. In the alley, the Director boldly said, “Diane, it’s time for you to retire.” Diane is not ready for retirement, […]

NAPE Member Wins Sick Leave Grievance

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Like most state employees, Department of Labor Unemployment Adjudicator Izabela Piper, uses her sick leave when necessary if she is ill. While it seems obvious that employees are allowed to use their earned sick leave when they are ill, the Department of Labor disciplined Izabela for not having predictable attendance and for failing to work […]

Negotiations Team Elected, Priorities Set

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After more than a year of preparation, town hall meetings, worksite visits, and listening sessions with union members all across the state, bargaining conference delegates met in Lincoln in July to officially adopt our negotiations priorities and to elect a bargaining team. The delegates made a “step pay plan” the top priority for negotiations. Members […]

NAPE Member Prevails in Facebook Discipline Case

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NAPE member Cathy Garrity was shocked when she received a formal notice of allegations regarding a comment she made on a WOWT-TV news story about a parolee who was resentenced to prison. She made the comment on her own device, on non-work time, and it contained no confidential or controversial information. Regardless, the Board of […]

Appendix Bargaining Meetings Open to All NAPE Members

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While our elected negotiating team will bargain with the state on salary, benefits, and other subjects on behalf of all state employees, all NAPE members have the opportunity to be involved in meetings regarding the bargaining of the “Appendix” agreements. The Appendix agreements are made between individual state agencies and their employees. Topics that are […]

Your Rights: Returning to Work in a Pandemic

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For workers returning to offices during the pandemic, it is important to ensure the “3 D’s”: distancing, deterrence, and disinfection. It is important to ensure distancing between yourself and others. If your work area does not allow for distancing, you should request that you be relocated or that appropriate barriers are in placed around you. […]