NTEU and HHS have agreed to hold joint training on Article 27 of the Consolidated Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) regarding performance and incentive awards. This training is being held pursuant to the settlement of a national grievance regarding the awards program, executed in December 2015. In the grievance, NTEU alleged that HHS had failed to properly distribute awards and failed to establish and convene incentive awards committees as required by Article 27 of the CBA. As part of the settlement agreement, HHS agreed to hold a joint training event with NTEU for all awards committee members. The training will be conducted in-person at HHS Headquarters in Washington, D.C, and is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, July 28, 2016.
The training will be mandatory for all PMAP and incentive awards committee members representing the agency and NTEU, and will be open to any other NTEU representatives who would like to attend as well. The training will last approximately one hour, with time for questions. The training will be conducted in-person, with an option to join by phone and will be recorded so that employees who are unable to attend may watch at a time that is convenient for them. Employees will be granted one hour of duty time to attend this training. The agency will notify all committee members of the date, time and location of the training, once confirmed.
If you are a member of an awards committee, please set aside time to attend the training on July 28, 2016.
Please let me know if you have any questions or comments on this subject.