After receiving a report about yesterday’s bargaining session with HHS, NTEU National President Tony Reardon has decided to ask for a meeting with Secretary Azar much earlier than previously planned. It is clear that the team representing HHS has no interest in reaching an agreement with NTEU. If we want Secretary Azar to intervene, we need to seek his intervention earlier. Therefore, Tony has asked him to meet next Friday, August 10. We don’t know his availability or even if he will agree to meet with Tony but, regardless, Tony will personally deliver a hard copy of the petition that thousands of employees have signed asking the Secretary to do right by employees and instruct his negotiators to pursue an agreement that makes HHS a model employer among federal agencies.
We had discussed delivering the petition the week of September 10. Given what has transpired so far, Tony feels it is important to show Secretary Azar sooner rather than later that employees do not appreciate his team’s proposals to decimate their workplace rights and benefits.
Between now and August 10, I strongly encourage all of you to sign the petition and ask your nonmember coworkers to do the same. Please also ask them to further show their support by joining NTEU today. We need and want them to stand with us. Thanks in advance for your prompt and courteous action in this matter.