NTEU made a final offer to resolve the matter, but HHS rejected the offer. Accordingly, the parties will move forward to mediation. NTEU has contacted Commissioner Williams at Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) who will serve as the mediator for this matter.
NTEU is hopeful that the ground rules will be resolved soon because the parties cannot start term bargaining until they are finalized.
I will keep you posted.