Surprises in life can be fun. Unless they have to do with your performance appraisal.
One of the articles HHS has proposed eliminating spells out your right to a fair appraisal and to challenge your rating if managers don’t follow certain requirements. Without this article, here is what the performance management appraisal program (PMAP) would look like:
- Your supervisor could lower your PMAP rating and put you on a performance improvement plan without any notice.
- You could not comment on your final rating and have it included with the appraisal.
- Management could change PMAP elements at whim, without allowing NTEU to comment on changes before they are implemented.
- HHS would no longer be obligated to clearly explain performance expectations, suggestions for improvements and professional growth opportunities.
- Dissatisfied with your PMAP? You would lose the right to challenge your ratings through an expedited process outlined in your contract.
By law, HHS must have appraisals, but the process doesn’t have to include protections, including recourse for unfair ratings. That’s where your contract comes in, and that’s one of the many reasons why NTEU is fighting hard to save it.
New Congressional Letter Supports Collective Bargaining
Members of Congress are again stepping up to defend the collective bargaining rights of federal employees, including HHS employees.
In a letter to the acting director of the Office of Personnel Management, 16 senators demanded the administration stop violating the federal court order requiring federal agencies to bargain in good faith with their employees. The key senators insisted that agencies stop trying to roll back federal employee rights and benefits and, especially in the case of HHS, resume good faith bargaining.
Members of the House and Senate have previously sent three letters to Secretary Azar urging him to resume bargaining, and this time, negotiate in good faith, as the law requires.
What Can You Do?
Tomorrow, and every Wednesday until HHS agrees to return to the bargaining table, is Black Wednesday. Here is what you can do:
- Join NTEU if you are not already a dues-paying member
- Show your support on social media by posting a photo with a “Shame on HHS” sign and use the hashtag #ShameOnHHS.
- Sign the petition demanding that HHS return to the bargaining table.
- Wear black clothing every Wednesday.
- Wear a Shame on HHS sticker.
- Tweet Secretary Azar at @SecAzar (sample tweets).