I recently learned that the ORA Southwest Imports District (SWID) is starting a pilot program that will allow employees to voluntarily work shifts Monday through Friday as follows:
- 2:00 PM CST – 10:30 PM CST
- 1:00 PM MST – 9:30 PM MST
- 1:00 PM PST – 9:30 PST
I also learned that CDER Division of Pharmaceutical Analysis (DPA) in St. Louis, Missouri, has been using the following schedule:
- Work Hours: 6AM – 7PM
- Business Hours: 8AM – 4:30PM
- Core hours: 9:30AM – 3PM
- Lunch band: 11AM – 2PM
Please note that these schedules are not in compliance with Article 25, Section 4, of the 2014 HHS-NTEU Consolidated Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA):
Monday and Friday, 10:30 AM to 02:30 PM
Tuesday through Thursday, 10:00 AM to 03:00 PM
Flexible Arrival Band:
Monday, Friday, and Saturday, 05:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Tuesday through Thursday, 05:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Flexible Departure Band:
Monday, Friday, and Saturday, 02:30 PM to 09:00 PM
Tuesday through Thursday, 03:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Flexible Band for Credit Hours:
Monday through Sunday, 05:00 AM to 09:00 PM
Monday through Sunday, 11:00 AM to 02:00 PM
I asked SWID Director of Investigations Branch Staci Below for a briefing and opportunity to bargain, but she refused. I reminded her that this action will directly violate the CBA Articles 3 and 25.
CDER DPA Director Dr. John Kauffman requested to bargain with the Union to formalize their preferred hours of operation. NTEU and HHS already bargained over the FDA hours of operation under Alternate Work Schedules in the CBA, Article 25, Section 4. Therefore, I told him that I am not obligated to and will not bargain a matter already settled in the master agreement.
I will defend our employee and Union rights to the fullest extent of the law. I hope I can count on your support.
I welcome and encourage your questions and comments.