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
NFFE-FSC applauds President Obama for making temporary seasonal fire personnel eligible for health insurance coverage under FEHBP. While this is a step forward, more fundamental reform is still needed for all temporary employees. For this, Congressional action will be required.
Click here for information, including who is eligible and how to apply.
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.