On Monday, the NTEU bargaining team will sit down with HHS management to begin negotiations on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA or contract). This occurs after three years of delay and the issuance of a trio of Executive Orders (EOs).
NTEU is prepared with bargaining strategy and engagement tools. We need the support of every HHS/FDA employee as we push back against attempts to strip articles and employee protections from the contract, rollback union rights, and diminish collective bargaining.
NTEU National President Tony Reardon has written an open letter to Secretary Alex Azar that was sent to him yesterday. I urge you to widely distribute and post this letter in your workplaces. All bargaining unit employees should read it.
Additionally, NTEU has created an online petition for HHS employees and we need to collect thousands of signatures. Your assistance in asking people to sign will help us achieve that. Yesterday, a message went out to employees that includes a link to the letter and to the petition. Again, you are urged to distribute this widely.
Please remember to attend our Chapter’s Lunch and Learn this Monday, July 9, at 12 p.m. Central, 11 a.m. Mountain, via WebEx and teleconference. Tony will speak on this subject and answer your questions.
This will be tough bargaining with an agency that is feeling emboldened by the President’s EOs. HHS/FDA employees should not simply accept the HHS proposals but should be active in demanding that HHS respect our contract.