We are the Forest Service Council of the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE-FSC). We are Forest Service employees who stand and work together for a better workplace and a better agency. NFFE-FSC is a federal labor union authorized under Title 5, Chapter 71 of the United States Code. We represent more than 20,000 Forest Service employees stationed all across the country.
NFFE-FSC was formed when NFFE Local unions decided to come together and form a Council to give them a voice at the national level. A Local union is formed when a unit’s employees decide – and express this decision in a majority vote – to form one. This gives employees more influence in their work unit. However, many policies, laws, etc. are imposed from above. Thus, the NFFE Local unions decided to form this Council to give them a voice at the national level. There are 79 NFFE Local Unions nationwide in the Forest Service. NFFE-FSC is their voice at the national level. We negotiate a national Master Agreement and other national policies. We advise management on other non-negotiable matters. We advocate for employees with administration officials and Congressional representatives.
Again, welcome, and thanks for visiting. We hope our website will be a useful tool in helping you learn about NFFE-FSC and the work we do. Take care. Be safe.
Chris Berry, President
NFFE Forest Service Council
31 March 2016 - NFFE-FSC President Chris Berry sent this letter to Chief Tidwell on March 31, 2016, urging him to take action and get the Forest Service to implement the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA), which was signed on August 7, 2015.
12 April 2016 - Public Law 114-47 technical fix. (Adobe .pdf File - 881 kb.)
The largest task of the NFFE-FSC is to negotiate a single Master Agreement that is used by all Locals as their primary contract with the Forest Service. The current Master Agreement was last negotiated in 2010 and it is up for negotiation this year. Read more for contract negotiation updates on our Facebook site.
For the first time, the agency has committed to rehiring returning temporary employees with 24 or more months of service, providing certain common-sense criteria are met. Rehire eligibility of others is not affected. This policy was developed by collaboration between your union and agency leadership in the Forest Service Partnership Council (FSPC).
Your union has negotiated a procedure for the public posting of permanent non-entry positions in the bargaining unit. For a searchable listing of jobs and their locations, go to https://hrm.gdcii.com/outreach/Default.aspx. We hope you will find this site useful, and we value your comments and suggestions.