I will be visiting the Lenexa, Kansas, next week. I will hold a lunch-and-learn on Tuesday in the laboratory and on Wednesday in the district office. I will email details soon. I hope you are able to attend.
Besides attending the lunch-and-learn, I would like to meet with bargaining unit employees (BUE) one-on-one during my visit. Because we are about to negotiate the next version of the HHS-NTEU Consolidated Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), this is a great time to share your thoughts about it with me. I also want to know about your efforts to recruit new members. After all, more members translates to more bargaining power to negotiate better agreements. Most of all, I want to ask you what I can do for you.
I will accept meeting invitations in the order they arrive (first come, first served). I will send alternate proposals if necessary. If we are unable to schedule a time during my visit, we can schedule time to speak over phone afterwards.
Please make sure you always request permission from your supervisor to leave your duties to visit with a Union representative in accordance with Article 5, Section 9, of the CBA:
“An employee cannot be required to tell a supervisor the specific circumstances surrounding his/her need to contact a Union representative. When an employee wishes to request permission to leave the work site to contact a Union representative, he/she must inform his/her supervisor only of the general nature of the visit and the estimated time of return as mutually agreed. The employee must receive prior approval from the supervisor to leave the work site and, where possible, s/he must give the supervisor a telephone number at which s/he may be reached while absent in case of urgent work-related need. The amount of time spent will be reasonable. The employee’s request will be granted and may be delayed if the employee’s absence would hinder the accomplishment of essential workload requirements. Examples of hinder include an inability to complete specific or previously assigned projects timely or when the employee’s absence would adversely affect needed physical office coverage and cannot be otherwise accommodated. If permission is not granted, the supervisor will identify the time period when the employee may meet his/her Union representative. Only under compelling circumstances will the supervisor require the delay to exceed one (1) workday.”
The general nature of the visit would be contract interpretation. I will share with the meeting location and phone number once a meeting is scheduled.
I am looking forward to meeting many Lenexa BUEs in person.