Respect My Contract

Bargaining begins Monday, July 9. Here are resources to use in the workplace to educate and engage employees, including an open letter to Secretary Azar.

Enjoying these contract benefits? They could soon be gone, if management has its way. HHS has proposed changes to your contract that would erode or outright eliminate important rights and benefits. Along with proposing to eliminate 13 contract articles, HHS wants to prohibit you and NTEU from challenging unfair decisions in 40 different areas. You deserve better. Join NTEU in telling Secretary Azar that respect is more than just a word. Sign our petition at
Respect My Contract Flier

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
NTEU National President Tony Reardon

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.

Author: chapterpresident

I have worked in the FDA since 1990 in a variety of positions. I currently serve as chapter president of NTEU Chapter 254, representing FDA employees in Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah.