Update on HHS Term Bargaining

After only two days of term bargaining and one day of mediation, HHS presented a last best offer on all proposed articles and declared the parties at impasse.

Logo of the Department of Health and Human ServicesOn Monday, HHS and NTEU resumed the second scheduled week of term bargaining. A mediator from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) was present, at the agency’s request. The parties began by discussing NTEU’s counter proposals for Article 2 (Contract Duration and Termination). NTEU provided a briefing on the proposals with complete explanations for the rationale behind them. We then moved on to Article 3 (Mid-term Bargaining), which was opened by both parties. NTEU provided a briefing on its proposals with complete rationale and examples of the problems we were trying to address in the article. When it came time for the agency to explain its proposals, it refused. The agency stated that all of its proposals were drafted for the purpose of achieving three (3) goals: 1) reducing costs; 2) decreasing administrative burden; and 3) simplification and consistency across the department. NTEU pointed out that many of the agency’s proposals did not appear to achieve those goals and some seemed to actually undermine those goals. However, the agency refused to answer our questions or provide any further explanation of any of its proposals. Continue reading “Update on HHS Term Bargaining”

Senate Passes Appropriations Measure Containing Federal Employee Pay Raise

Today, the Senate approved H.R. 6147, the FY19 Financial Services and General Government; Interior; Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development; and the Agriculture Appropriations bills, which contains a 1.9% pay increase for federal workers.

Seal of the United States SenateToday, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) spending bill for FY 2019 as part of a package of appropriations bills that also includes appropriations for Interior, Agriculture, and Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (H.R. 6147, also called Minibus 2). The measure passed the Senate by a vote of 92 to 6. Continue reading “Senate Passes Appropriations Measure Containing Federal Employee Pay Raise”

FY19 Defense Authorization Bill Containing Government-wide Federal Employee Provisions Set for Enactment

Today, the Senate passed and sent to the President the conference report for the annual defense authorization act, which includes a handful of government-wide personnel provisions.

Seal of the United States SenateToday, the Senate passed the conference report for the annual defense policy bill, the defense authorization act (NDAA), H.R. 5515, that includes a handful of government-wide personnel provisions. The bill passed by a vote of 87 to 10. The House passed the measure on July 26 by a vote of 359 to 54. It is expected that the President will sign the bill into law in the next few days. Continue reading “FY19 Defense Authorization Bill Containing Government-wide Federal Employee Provisions Set for Enactment”