The two weeks of emergency paid sick leave granted to federal employees expires on December 31st and cannot be renewed unless authorized by congress. Barring a late breaking development, passport employees will be unable to use EPSL in 2021.
The department announced that passport services will be closed on December 24th as a result of the President’s executive order excusing federal employees from duty on that day. NFFE Local 1998 appreciates the gesture and hopes everyone enjoys their days off.
The NFFE 1998 Annual Survey is now available. Please copy and paste the link below to a Google Form to fill it out. Your feedback is crucial to creating our 2021 priorities and focus areas. https://forms.gle/ANZYrRcywv6vNpyV9
NFFE Local 1998 has requested the restoration of all annual and sick leave used by specialists who were not on WSL from June 11, 2020 until November 13, 2020. The goal of this request is to reward the Bargaining Unit for continuing to carry out the mission of Passport Services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Restoring […]
As the end of the year quickly approaches, there has been no progress on the question of measurability. Despite multiple requests for information, Management has not been able to reach a decision on how employees should be rated for the current year. The Union has proposed that employees be given the ability to opt in […]
New approaches are often required for difficult situations. The challenges presented by COVID have brought a variety of new technologies and procedures in the passport process. The Union feels that employees need the proper training to fully understand and utilize these changes. Click here for the attached memo.
The current COVID situation has highlighted many concerns and deficiencies in the passport system. These issues have been made worse by the numerous delays that have hindered the modernization of these core systems. The Union supports the development and implementation of these advancements and encourages Consular Affairs to makes these efforts a top priority. Click […]
Due to the unforeseen nature of the current COVID situation, many BUE have found themselves in a position where they are unable to use the leave that they have earned. For many, this leave may be taken away if it is not used by the end of the calendar year. The Union has requested that […]