Today I learned that CDER DPA STL Director David Keire held a meeting with CDER DPA STL employees and Branch Chief Jason Rodriguez from 9 to 10 a.m., where he stated that all employees are required to submit a telework agreement or a form stating refusal to telework.
As you very likely know, telework is voluntary per the Telework Enhancement Act and Article 26, Section 6 A, of the CBA. NTEU has not received an Article 3 notice from the employer proposing a new form for employees to state that they do not wish to telework. And NTEU would not agree to such form because telework is already covered by Article 26 of the CBA. Such form would be overly burdensome and would coerce employees into submitting a telework agreement.
Also note that today’s meeting met the Article 7 definition of a formal meeting because (1) more than one manager was present, and (2) the employer discussed changes in working conditions. NTEU did not receive a notice of this formal meeting as required Article 7, Section 1, of the CBA.
I emailed Director Keire with the union’s position stated above asking him to correct these issues. As a result, Director Keire stated that he corrected these issues with supervisors and will correct these issues with all CDER DPA STL employees during the next meeting.
To reiterate, telework is voluntary, and you do not have to submit any form or statement if you do not wish to telework. If you wish to telework, you must submit a telework agreement per Article 26, Section 4 F, and Appendix 3.2, of the CBA. If you do not wish to telework, you do not have to submit anything.
If you have any questions or other input on this subject, please share them with your chapter president or other representative directly