Agency Travel Software MOU

Concur (logo)Recently, NTEU and HHS agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with respect to the software, Concur, used by bargaining unit employees to book agency travel. While Concur was implemented in the summer of 2015, the parties have worked on negotiating the impact of the changes on a post-implementation basis. The highlights of the MOU include: Continue reading “Agency Travel Software MOU”

FDA National Environmental Safety and Health Committee

Our prime purpose in life is to help others, and if we can't help them, at least don't hurt them.The FDA National Environmental, Safety, and Health Committee (NESHC) will be meeting soon. The NESHC is similar to local environmental, safety and, health (ESH) committees but looks at broader issues across the agency per Article 50 of the CBA,  Executive Order 12196, and OSHA.

The NESHC also supports the local ESH committees. The NESHC is planning to visit two field locations in 2017 to meet with the local ESH committees.

NTEU Chapter 254 Executive Vice President David Foran serves on the NESHC. He has served as a safety inspector and as a member of the Kansas City District and Laboratory EHS Committee since 2010, and currently serves as a member of the Kansas City Laboratory EHS Committee. David has also represented NTEU Chapter 254 in the Kansas City Federal Field Safety and Health Council for many years.

If you have environmental, safety, or health issues that you think need to be addressed at the national level, please contact David.

GSA Commuter Survey

HighwayRecently, NTEU was made aware that HHS plans to conduct a short, voluntary, and confidential commuter survey to assess the department’s current commuting trends. The survey will be conducted from January 9–13, 2017. The survey is being conducted pursuant to Executive Order 13693 — Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade — and is intended to enable HHS to identify healthy commuting options that may be offered within the agency in the future. The survey is only expected to take ten minutes to complete. Continue reading “GSA Commuter Survey”