Local 251 President Ken Dinsmore meets with Director of OPM John Berry at the October 2012 NFFE Convention in Portland, OR. Photo by Cory Bythrow.
Alaska delegates to the NFFE Convention meet with the NFFE President. Left to right: Ken Dinsmore, Local 251 President; Bill Dougan, NFFE President; Nancy Soriano, Local 251 Vice President; and Barney Freedman, Forest Service Council Vice President. Photo by Cassie Kerner Bond.
About 20,000 Forest Service employees across the nation are represented by the National Federation of Federal Employees. NFFE was established in 1917 and is the oldest Federal Employee Union. On October 1-4, 2012, delegates from Alaska joined those from every other NFFE Local to attend the 49th NFFE Convention in Portland, Oregon. The convention is held every four years.
Local 251 President Ken Dinsmore, Vice President Nancy Soriano, and Forest Service Council Vice President Barney Freeman participated in election of officers at national and council levels, and voted on proposed changes to the bylaws. Roundtable discussions addressed the achievements and challenges of the federal workforce. The Alaska delegation was especially interested in timely messages from:
Tom Buffenbarger, International President,International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
Carol Waller Pope, Chair, Federal Labor Relations Authority
John Berry, Director, U.S. Office of Personnel Management, and,
Susan Grundman, Chair, U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board.
Steve Bauer, Executive Director, Federal Employees Emergency Assistance CFC # 11185
Ron Ault, President, Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO
David Holway, President, National Association of Government Employees