Union Steward Vacancy Announcement

NTEU Steward lapel pinNTEU Chapter 254 has seven vacancies for Union stewards anywhere within the chapter. Candidates must be members current in their Union dues.

Any person presently employed within Chapter 254’s jurisdiction as defined in the Chapter’s Bylaws, or any former employee, or any retired employee of the Federal Government, is eligible for membership in this Chapter regardless of race, origin, creed, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, or disability. Join NTEU by submitting a completed Standard Form 1187 to the chapter president.

Newly appointed stewards will meet with their supervisors to discuss workload and performance expectations. As necessary, the steward’s supervisor will make appropriate adjustments to workload relative to the steward’s representational responsibilities and needs.

Note that no Union representative will be disadvantaged in the assessment of his/her performance based in his/her use of documented official time when conducting labor-management business authorized by the HHS-NTEU Consolidated Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). For more information, please refer to Article 10, Section 3 B, of the CBA.

Steward opportunities include responsibilities related to:

  1. General Labor-Management Relationship:
    1. Attend examinations of an employee who reasonably believes he or she may be the subject of a disciplinary or adverse action and the employee has requested representation
    2. Meetings or committees on which the Union representatives are authorized membership pursuant to an agreement between the employer and the union
    3. Attend and participate new employee orientations
    4. Attend OSHA meetings consistent with regulation
    5. Conduct training or activities on labor relations issues for employees not to exceed four (4) hours quarterly (non-cumulative)
    6. Conduct training for employees as outlined in Article 13 of the CBA
    7. Meet with members of Congress and their staffs on matters relating to bargaining unit conditions of employment
    8. Attend Employer-recognized activities to which the Union has been invited
    9. Participate in jointly sponsored training primarily to further the interest of the government by improving labor-management relationships
    10. Informal consultations between the Employer and the Union
    11. Preparation of reports, forms, and documents required by law or regulation concerning the proper operation and administration of a labor organization
  2. Dispute Resolution:
    1. Statutory appeal proceedings or other forums in which the Union is representing an employee or the Union pursuant to its obligations under relevant contract provisions, regulations or law;
    2. Formal discussions between Employer representatives and employees concerning personnel policies, practices, matters affecting working conditions
    3. Meetings to discuss or present unfair labor practices charges or unit clarification petitions
    4. Meetings to present appeals in connection with statutory or regulatory appeal procedures in which the Union is designated as the representative
    5. Oral reply meetings if the Union is representing the employee
    6. Meetings for the purpose of presenting reconsideration replies in connection with the denial of within-grade increases
    7. Meetings with the Employer for the purpose of presenting an employee’s request for review and/or reconsideration (grievance) of that employee’s performance appraisal
    8. Grievance meetings and arbitration hearings
    9. EEO complaint settlements, administrative and/or court hearings if a complaint is processed under the negotiated procedure
    10. Discussions of possible grievances with an employee
    11. Conferring with affected employees about matters for which remedial is available under the terms of the CBA
  3. Negotiations with the Employer occurring during the term of the CBA (including briefings)

NTEU provides training to Union representatives annually in the Spring. The chapter pays for travel and registration of chapter representatives. The chapter also trains new stewards throughout the year.

Applicants must complete a questionnaire and/or submit to an interview for consideration. The chapter president will seek executive board concurrence before appointing a steward.

If you have questions or wish to apply to one of these positions, please contact NTEU Chapter 254 President David Arvelo.

Author: chapterpresident

I have worked in the FDA since 1990 in a variety of positions. I currently serve as chapter president of NTEU Chapter 254, representing FDA employees in Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah.