In accordance with Article 3, Section 2 B, of the 2014 HHS-NTEU Consolidated Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), FDA provided notice to NTEU that it plans to implement a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for processing separations.
The notice states that the SOP will be implemented FDA-wide and will set forth standardized procedures and guidance on timely and correctly processing separating employees and ensuring that all separation actions are consistently implemented across the agency. Currently, the FDA does not have a standardized policy or written procedures in place to govern the separation process. According to the agency, this SOP does not mandate nor implement any new requirements on bargaining unit employees (BUE). The agency plans to implement this program on December 1, 2016.
NTEU has requested a briefing to learn more about this initiative and to determine whether there are any negotiable issues.
I welcome and encourage your prompt feedback on this subject.