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. […]

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 […]