The Agency’s responses to NTEU’s proposals on impact and implementation of Concur Government Edition (CGE) and changes to the agency’s travel manual were disappointing to say the least. Not only they were not counter proposals, but the response is unclear.
When NTEU learned of the Agency’s unilateral implementation of changes to the Travel Manual in 2014, the Union invoked bargaining on the manual itself. This bargaining is not limited to the changes the Agency made (although NTEU did make proposals addressing these changes). Everything in the policy is on the table. The Agency’s response does not specify the basis of asserting that the proposals are non-negotiable.
Furthermore, the agency has declared everything non-negotiable, even the Union’s questions posed within the document that do not constitute proposals. This demonstrates that the agency is engaging in bad-faith bargaining tactics. The Agency has had NTEU’s proposals since January 2016. The Agency took months to “mistakenly” submit counter proposals that were for a different initiative, twice!
Moreover, the Agency has taken an unreasonable amount of time (nearly 8 months) to merely respond that everything the Union proposed is non-negotiable, including our questions.
It is clear the Agency is not taking bargaining seriously. NTEU will move forward with an unfair labor practice (ULP) charge for bad-faith bargaining and refusal to bargain in this case.