Earlier this evening, the Agency and the Union reached an agreement on how to reduce negative impact to affected bargaining unit employees in the implementation of the Maplewood Resident Post remodel, including during the transition period. Some key wins for employees include the expansion of telework and use of privately-owned vehicles (POV) to alleviate office congestion over the transition period, and protection against reduction of employee performance appraisal (PMAP) score due to reduced productivity resulting from packing, moving, and unpacking. Employees will also have a say in the office decor.
I recommend that affected employees closely review the memorandum of understanding (MOU) that memorializes the agreement between the Agency and the Union on this matter.
Per the Agreement, there will be a formal meeting to discuss this agreement and the project in general, including safety and security procedures that may change during the interim period. I highly recommend that all affected employees attend this formal meeting to learn what to expect and get their questions answered. Management will notify affected employees of this meeting in the next few days. NTEU will be represented during the meeting.
I thank our members stationed in the Maplewood Resident Post for their invaluable assistance during the briefing and information gathering phase, and for joining me in the Union’s negotiations team at the bargaining table today. I also thank all members who were willing to assist, though were unable to do so.
As a reminder, the bargaining power of the Union is directly proportional to the percent of employees who are dues-paying members. We survey members about what they would like in a national or local agreement. Every BUE is covered by what the Union negotiates even if only members give input in what we negotiate, and only members get to vote on ratifying term contracts.
Members can take an active part in decision-making, vote, hold office, and have a voice in the union. Members have a say in workplace decisions affecting all employees. Members can serve as the Union representative on any work group, task force, or on any of the other teams that are formed to address workplace issues.