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 Scholarship Opportunity for NFFE-IAM Members 

The Federal Employee Education & Assistance Fund (FEEA) is currently offering two scholarship opportunities for NFFE-IAM members and their families. Ranging from $1000-$5000, the competition is accepting applications for eligible individuals attending or planning to attend an institution for higher learning. Although the majority of scholarships are awarded for undergraduate students, awards are also granted for graduate study.

Links to the application, the application instructions, and additional relevant information regarding the scholarships can be found below. The deadline for both scholarship opportunities is Monday, March 25th, 2019, at 3:00 pm EDT, so be sure to submit your application before then - best of luck!

Instruction for the scholarship can be found here and the application is here.

See the full announcement on NFFE.org


Nat'l Officers Visit New England Offices

February 21, 2019:  1998 President Rob Arnold and Vice President Amanda Booher made a three-day trip to offices in the Northeast.  The visits to the Portsmouth, Connecticut and Boston agencies collected employee feedback on ways to improve conditions in Passport Services.


FLRA Finds Agency Must Promptly Update Employees

Februarly 4, 2019The Federal Labor Relations Authority ruled on an arbitration appeal by the Agency.  An arbitrator had ruled on the Agency's consistenly-glitchy computer systems.  He found that Management failed to provide timely updates on how employees' production expectations would be affected by systems failures.  The FLRA determined the original decision was correct in finding the two-hour notification deadline enforcable.


Nat'l President Erwin Arrested in Shutdown Protest

January 23, 2019:  NFFE President Randy Erwin was temporarily arrested by Capitol Police after refusing to leave the Senate Majority Leader's offices, and demanding a meeting to end the government shutdown. The arrests came after a protest in the Senate Hart Building in which hundreds of federal employees joined labor leaders.


New Three-Year Bargaining Agreement Goes Into Effect

January 20, 2019The 30-day period for the Agency to allege provisions in the new bargaining agreement contrary to law has now passed.  The new black-covered bargaining agreement replaces the (burgundy-colored version that first went into effect in 2009.


Investigative Interviews of Employees Challenged

January 16, 2019An arbitrator ruled on the question of whether Management enjoys unlimited freedom to edit forms referenced in the contract that impact employees.  Aribitrator McConnell ruled that the Agency's edits to the Garrity and Kalkines forms were improper, requiring notification to the union. The Agency was ruled responsible for all arbitration fees.


Local Grieves Failure to Allow Mileage Reimbursement

January 24, 2019Following up a step one grievance filed by Dallas officers Chrestotholos and Gallerini, Local 1998 filed a step two grievance encompassing all passport offices.  At issue is employees being denied mileage expenses when they are called in to work after-hours to handle duty officer cases


Leave Policy Dispute Resolved Mid-Hearing

December 4, 2018Arbitrator Javits issued a decree to confirm the arrangement he'd brokered between the parties.  The settlement reimburses Philadelphia employees who were impacted by a policy that local Management instituted without announcment to employees.


Notification Grievance Gets Results

November 21, 2018Local Officers in Houston filed a grievance over lack of Agency explanation for how production quotas would be affected by system malfunctions.  The grievance was resolved by system downtime being provided to offset the delays.


Contract Bargaining Tentatively Concluded

November 8, 2018Union and Management negotiators met again with a federal mediator.  After three days of bargaining, the parties finished off the remaining contract issues in dispute.  Ahead lies the consolidation of all the 33 articles into one document, followed by Agency Head Review.


FLRA Denies Agency Attempt to Appeal Hiring Decision

October 22, 2018The Federal Labor Relations Authority issued its ruling on Passport Service's attempt to overturn an arbitration decision.  The Agency's arguments that the arbitrator had incorrectly found the Agency in violation were determined without merit.


No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

October 17, 2018The Union defended a reprimanded employee.  The employee had reported an individual's internal controls violation, but when the employee failed to incriminate the person to Management's satisfaction, it disciplined the employee who came forward.


Local Mourns Loss of Houston Employee

September 12, 2018Sad news out of Houston concerns the untimely death of Stylianos Vackimes.  Mr. Vackimes, a longtime union member, was known his great sense of humor and general zest for life.  He will be missed by his many friends and co-workers


IAM College Scholarship Competition Open

September 11, 2018Local 1998 members and their children can now apply for the 2019 IAM Scholarship Competition.  .Further details on the scholarship and the application are available here.


Judge Sides with NFFE, Strikes Down Trump E.O.'s

August 24, 2018District Court Judge Brown Jackson issued a decision on the lawsuit filed by the National Federation of Federal Employees (and other unions).  The suits were a reaction to three Executive Orders which made it easier to fire federal employees and weakened their representation.  The judge ruled that the Executive Orders violated the  intent of the Labor Management Relations Statute. 


Survey Results Reflect Generally Low Morale

July 30, 2018An employee survey administered by the IAMAW Communications Department concluded today.  Employees expressed high approval on their ability to get annual leave granted when needed.  However, employees expressed considerable dissatification with the excessively nit-picking nature of performance supervision. 


Negotiations Conclude on Abbreviation Exceptions

July 16, 2018 The Agency and Local 1998 concluded revisions to an old agreement.  Passport Specialist are charged errors for deviating slightly from specific notations .  The new agreemet expands list of approved exceptions.



  David Reimer John Kaucher

David Reimer and John Kaucher attend a briefing at Main State

Brenda Moore Hinton 

Boyd Hinton presents a plaque to retiring member Brenda Moore


Rob Arnold Randy Erwin Melissa Bauman 

Local 1998 President Arnold assists with NFFE National's annual audit



Boyd Hinton  Gil Yap 



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