NTEU and HHS have agreed to hold a joint training on Article 27 of the CBA regarding performance and incentive awards. This training is being held pursuant to a settlement agreement of a national grievance regarding the awards program, executed in December 2015. In the grievance, NTEU alleged that HHS had failed to properly distribute awards and failed to establish and convene incentive awards committees as required by Article 27 of the CBA. As part of the settlement agreement, HHS agreed to hold a joint training with NTEU for all awards committee members. The training will be conducted at HHS Headquarters in Washington, D.C., in the small auditorium on Wednesday, February 7, 2018, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern (1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Central; 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Mountain). The rest of us who are unable to attend in-person will be able to join via Adobe Connect.
The training will be mandatory for all PMAP and incentive awards committee members representing the agency and the bargaining unit employees, and will be open to all NTEU representatives who would like to attend as well. The training will last approximately one hour, with time for questions, and will be conducted by Jennifer Harling, National Negotiator for NTEU, and Aster Patel, of the HHS Labor Relations Team. The training will be in-person, with an option to join by Adobe Connect and will be recorded so that employees may watch at a time that is convenient for them. Employees will be granted one hour of duty time to attend. The agency will notify all committee members of the date, time, and location of the training. If you are a member of an awards committee, please set aside time to attend the training on February 7, 2018.
If you have any questions or comments regarding this matter, please share them with your chapter president.