Delegate Assembly Meets August 13-15

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The NAPE Biennial Delegate Assembly will convene in Lincoln from August 13-15. Over sixty member delegates gather at the every-two-year convention to conduct the union’s most important business. The Delegate Assembly is the highest decision making body of the union. Delegates were elected by the NAPE membership earlier this year. Delegates will consider suggested changes […]

DHHS Dress Code Lawsuit 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 at the Department of Health & Human Services.  In late 2020, DHHS filed a lawsuit attempting to overturn the Arbitrator’s binding decision. In our […]

Reclassification Info/Webinar Recording

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DAS State Personnel (Classification and Compensation Division) reclassified nearly 1,600 state employees into new job classifications in July. This action is a management right unrelated to contract negotiations, however, with the creation of a number of new job classifications, the salary ranges on the new step salary system were negotiated by NAPE.  State employees have […]

Step Pay Is Here!

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With our new contract taking effect July 1, a number of exciting changes are taking place. NAPE will continue our meetings across the state throughout the month of July to educate members about the changes in the new contract. During these meetings, we will explain the ins and outs of the new step pay plan […]

NAPE Celebrates Record Membership Growth

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Beginning with the 2018-2019 membership year, the NAPE Board of Directors adopted a strategic plan that had a strong emphasis on growing our union through a coordinated organizing campaign, consistent contract enforcement for members, and strong representation at the negotiations table.  From July 2018-June 2021, NAPE membership has grown by 62% and now 1 in […]

NDOT Member Wins Flex Time Grievance

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Rhonda Nimmich, a NAPE member and Accountant III at the Department of Transportation, was unreasonably denied the opportunity to flex her work schedule. As a NAPE Member, Rhonda was able to contact her union representative right away to file a grievance. Rhonda was out sick for half of a day this spring. She clocked back […]

Reclassification Webinar – July 7

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Over 1,600 state employees will have their job classifications changed in July as we transition to our new step pay plan. Classification is a management right, however, NAPE members have protections and recourse in the event they are misclassified. Members are invited to join us on July 7 for a webinar to learn more about […]

AFL-CIO Delegate Nominations Due July 16

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NAPE/AFSCME is affiliated with the Nebraska State AFL-CIO. The Nebraska AFL-CIO is a group of affiliated labor unions that represent the interests of working people at the state level. The AFL-CIO mobilizes members and community partners to advocate for social and economic justice and we strive daily to vanquish oppression and make our communities better […]

Legislative Session Final Report

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The 107th Legislature, First Session adjourned sine die on May 27, which was 6 legislative days earlier than anticipated. When Speaker Hilgers announced the earlier adjournment, his rationale was because of the necessary special session in the fall, related to redistricting, that will bring senators back to Lincoln. He also mentioned the need for a […]

New Board of Directors Sworn In

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The 2021-2023 NAPE Board of Directors was sworn in on June 5, 2021, in Lincoln. The NAPE Board of Directors is made up of 20 members elected by the membership and 5 officers elected by delegates to the biennial Delegate Assembly. You can find a listing of the Board of Directors members by clicking here. […]

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 […]