2/12/13: The union has received a lot of questions about telework when a storm occurs. Here are some answers...
Q: I have a recurring telework agreement and I was scheduled to telework on a day when my office was closed for all or part of the day due to a storm. Am I required to telework as usual?
A: Yes. Generally, if you were scheduled to telework you should telework as usual.
Q: What if I was scheduled to telework when my office was closed, but I was unable to do so due to a power outage or some other problem related to the storm? Do I still have to telework?
A: No. You should explain your circumstances to your supervisor and request administrative leave like the other employees who were unable to work in the office that day. If you experience difficulties, please consult a union steward.
Q: I have an "ad hoc" telework agreement, and I was not scheduled to telework on a day when my office was closed for all or part of the day due to a storm. Can I be required to telework?
A: No. You cannot be required to telework when you were not scheduled to do so. If your manager requires you to telework, please consult with a union steward. The union does, however, encourage all employees to telework during an office closure if they are able to do so, to ensure continuity of SEC operations.