Air Force

April 5, 2013

Wing, union sign first NAF contract

Tags:
RON VEAL and BRYAN EVANS
56th Force Support Squadron

Staff Sgt. C. J. Hatch Staff Sgt. C. J. Hatch
The 56th Fighter Wing and the American Federation of Government Employees 1547 Local signed the first-ever nonappropriated fund, or NAF, contract March 25. Wing commander Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein and union president Harley Hembd signed for their respective organizations.

Based on cooperation and communication, this unprecedented milestone is designed to ensure fair treatment of employees and the right to bargain changes in the work environment, according to the contract.

“This agreement is important because of how essential our civilian Airmen are to accomplishing the wing mission,” Rothstein said. “We’re a team and this signifies our commitment to taking care of the men and women of the Air Force’s largest fighter wing long into the future.”

The American Federation of Government Employees, American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, or AFGE AFL-CIO, petitioned the Federal Labor Relations Authority Aug. 13, 2007. The petition requested an election to see if the 56th Fighter Wing’s NAF employees wanted to be represented for the purpose of collective bargaining.

The election’s results confirmed that the 56th Force Support Squadron’s roughly 347 NAF employees wanted representation for collective bargaining. Those talks ultimately led to the March 25 signing.

However, the petition excluded all professional employees, management officials, supervisors and a small handful of others. Some of the areas on base operated by NAF workers include the Child Development Center, Club Five Six and Bryant Fitness Center.

The 56th FSS and the union began negotiating in December 2007 with the goal of bargaining the first labor management agreement of its kind in the wing. The 56th FSS is the wing’s only squadron that employs NAF employees.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Pg-1-photo

Chief of staff visits Luke

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and his wife, Betty, spent time meeting with Airmen and leadership Monday at Luke Air Force Base. Welsh highlighted Airman health, wellness and quality of life activities. He also...
 
 

Mentoring fosters dreams, strengthens us

A few days ago while reading an online commander’s call, I came across an article dated Dec. 31, 2014, stating President Obama proclaimed the month of January 2015 National Mentoring Month. Although this topic is thoroughly discussed in our Air Force today, I felt compelled to write on its importance all the same. In a...
 
 

Have you joined the Air Force yet?

I enlisted into the Air Force in February of 1997. However, I didn’t join the Air Force until March of 1999. No, I’m not talking about the Delayed Enlistment Program. There was no doubt that after high school I would attend college. However, not having applied for any scholarships and realizing that I didn’t have...
 

 
Courtesy photo

Prevention training goes face-to-face

Courtesy photo Maj. Jennifer Tomlinson, Air Education and Training Command Medical Readiness Division deputy chief, serves as facilitator during the AETC Medical Services and Training directorate annual Air Force Suicide Preven...
 
 
Senior Airman
JAMES HENSLEY

Thunderbolt looks to future

Senior AirmanJAMES HENSLEY Staff Sgt. Maddie Baker, 56th Dental Squadron acting commander secretary was an Air Force Honor Guard member prior to crossing over to the dental field. As the commander’s secretary, she plays a piv...
 
 

Tuskegee Airmen commemorated

The Archer-Ragsdale Arizona Chapter of Tuskegee Airman Inc. celebrated the 2nd Annual Tuskegee Airman Commemoration Day with a wreath ceremony Wednesday at the Tuskegee Airmen Memorial Air Park. The Tuskegee Airmen Commemoration Day is the result of legislation signed into law by former Arizona Governor Janice Brewer in 2013 and is the first such law...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin