Article 42 (Travel), Section 11, subsection 8, of the HHS-NTEU Consolidated Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), states:
If an employee assigned for a foreign inspection is unable to travel due to an emergency, unforeseen circumstance or medical condition, both the unit management and ORA/Office of Operations (OO), Divisions of Foreign Travel must be notified immediately. For employees with medical conditions, if accommodations cannot be made through exceptions to travel requirements, they may be considered ‘medically not qualified’ for either a short term or long term basis. Unit management may excuse an employee for foreign travel upon written notification of valid extenuating circumstances that would prevent them from performing the foreign inspection. Notifications should be made within five (5) workdays of receipt of assignment, and any management denial will be made in writing to employee within (5) workdays of the request. Management will evaluate employees on long term ‘medically not qualified’ every six (6) months to determine status for performing foreign inspections.
Please remember that you have a right to grieve (per Article 45) management decisions that violate this and other provisions of the CBA. Please consult with a Union representative as soon as you learn of a potential violation of the CBA, regulation, or statute.