Agreement on Des Moines Resident Post Remodel

Conference Room in the Des Moines Resident Post
Conference Room in the Des Moines Resident Post

The agency and the union reached an agreement, memorialized in a memorandum of understanding (MOU), regarding the remodel of the Des Moines Resident Post that resulted in the loss of the conference room and storage room. Both sides compromised to reach this agreement after a long time bargaining and as a result of our chapter’s institutional grievance. Continue reading “Agreement on Des Moines Resident Post Remodel”

TSP Receives Lowest Possible Score On Its Most Recent FISMA Report

Wait and processing times are up at the Thrift Savings Plan’s call centers.

Thrift savings plan logoThe Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board said a six-month IT modernization project at the call centers forced the agency to compromise customer service for security. More than 120,000 participants waited five minutes or longer for a rep in January, far from the agency’s goal of picking up 90 percent of participant calls within 20 seconds. The TSP agency said call volumes are already higher at the end of December through mid-March. (Federal News Radio)

Public Employee Unions in The Crosshairs of Supreme Court Case

Federal Computer Weekly, Feb. 26

People overlapping hands to show unityThe Supreme Court heard oral arguments on February 26 in a case that could have major ramifications on the membership and power of government employee unions. National Treasury Employees Union President Tony Reardon told Federal Computer Weekly in an emailed statement that an adverse ruling for the American Federation of State, County and Municipality Employees “could weaken unions and result in fewer protections for our nation’s state and local government employees.” Continue reading

New OPM Classification and Qualification Standards for Healthcare Workers in 0600 Series

HHS has provided courtesy notice to NTEU that OPM has changed the classification and qualification standards for healthcare workers in the 0600 series.

United States Office of Personnel Management (OPM) logoAs a courtesy, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has notified NTEU that the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) released final Job Family Position Classification Standards and Qualification Standards for Professional Work in the Medical and Healthcare Group, 0600 on September 27, 2017, and is requiring agencies to implement the new classification standards by October 31, 2018. The revised qualifications standards became effective on September 27, 2017. The new 0600 series classification and qualification standards will cover all OpDivs /StaffDivs at HHS who have positions in this series. FDA has positions in this series. Continue reading “New OPM Classification and Qualification Standards for Healthcare Workers in 0600 Series”

NTEU Files Information Request Regarding ORA Telework Practices

NTEU has filed an information request to determine whether ORA’s telework practices violate the parties’ MOU on Program Alignment and the CBA.

TeleworkingOn May 12, 2017, NTEU and ORA executed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding program alignment. The MOU set forth the parties’ agreement regarding how program alignment would be implemented. One of the agreed upon provisions required the agency to promote and encourage telework by issuing quarterly communications to ORA management and staff. The MOU also required the agency to maximize telework opportunities, including recurring telework. Despite these contractual requirements, ORA employees are still being denied recurring telework opportunities. Several chapters have filed local grievances, and NTEU is considering filing a national grievance against ORA for violations of the MOU on program alignment, as well as, the CBA. Continue reading “NTEU Files Information Request Regarding ORA Telework Practices”

FDA to Implement New Hardship Transfer SOP

FDA has provided Article 3 notice to NTEU that it will implement a new SOP regarding hardship transfers.

img_8161FDA has provided notice to NTEU that it plans to implement a new Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for hardship transfers that will replace the current FMD-127 SOP.

NTEU has requested a briefing and to bargain this change. If you have any comments or questions, please contact your chapter president.

Monday, April 23, 2018 8:23 AM – FDA provided notice that the Hardship Transfer and Change in Duty Station SOPs are being rescinded until further notice.

Senate Resolution Honoring NTEU on its 80th Anniversary

Senator Tam Baldwin (D-WI) introduces a resolution to honor and celebrate NTEU’s 80th anniversary.

Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)
Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)

Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) introduced a Senate Resolution (S. Res. 378), congratulating NTEU on the occasion of our 80th anniversary. The resolution highlights the history of NTEU and its founding in Wisconsin in 1938, and praises NTEU’s efforts to help create workplaces in which every federal employee is treated with dignity and respect by promoting new and innovative workplace policies; promoting and defending federal service; and ensuring that federal employees are free from discrimination, politicization, and retaliation for disclosing government waste, fraud, and abuse. Continue reading “Senate Resolution Honoring NTEU on its 80th Anniversary”