PMAP Mid-Year Review and Union Representation

This is NTEU CountryArticle 30, Section 7, of the CBA requires that your supervisor documents at least one progress review discussion in person in between the establishment of the performance requirements and the end of the rating period. This is known as the PMAP mid-year review. This Section suggests that the mid-year review is a counseling session if it only covers your accomplishments, performance standards remaining to be accomplished, and training needs.

Article 5, Section 4 B, of the CBA states that you do not have a right to Union representation during counseling sessions with your supervisor.

However, Article 5, Section 4 B, also states that, when a counseling session includes (either in person or via telephone) more than one management official or representative (including labor and employee relations), your supervisor will give you an opportunity to have Union representation present prior to the start of the session.

NTEU Chapter 254 has learned that some supervisors are asking team leads (non-BUE) to join them with the employee in mid-year reviews. In such instances, NTEU deems the team lead a management representative. In such case, Article 5, Section 4 B, allows the employee to request Union representation.

If you rightfully request Union representation, your supervisor may delay the meeting for up to one workday to accommodate this request.

To find a Union representative, please visit the About NTEU Chapter 254 webpage for the current list of stewards.

I hope you find this information useful.

Summer 2016 Membership Campaign

NTEU, like any other union, derives its power from its members. NTEU Chapter 254 currently has 191 members out of 731 bargaining unit employees (BUE) that we represent. That’s only 26.1% of the BUEs in the chapter. Management and members of Congress pay attention to our membership numbers. As we approach negotiations for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with HHS, it is more important than ever that we increase our percentage of BUEs who are NTEU members.  The quality of every employee’s work life is dramatically improved by NTEU representation, through contract negotiations, educating and lobbying Congress on agency funding and other matters, in the courts and administrative agencies, and more. With more members, we could do much more.

The most interesting man in the world, "I don't work for FDA. But if I did, I would join NTEU."NTEU is conducting a Summer Membership Campaign. This 2016 campaign—Working Toward a Better Future—runs from June 6 through September 30, 2016. NTEU National will pay our chapter $50 for every new Standard Form 1187 signed by a BUE during the campaign period.

Our chapter’s executive board has decided to give $25 to each new member and $25 to the member recruiter. Note that $25 is more than your biweekly Union dues. Our chapter treasurer will disburse these funds after the campaign ends and we receive all the campaign funds due from NTEU National.

Please be aware that the union does not have to represent an employee in an oral reply in connection with a proposed disciplinary action if they do not belong. And the NTEU lawsuit related to the OPM databreach will only benefit current members. Get covered today!

Only through collective action can we build a better future for every federal worker.

Meeting with HHS on Labor-Management Relationship

Logo of the Department of Health and Human ServicesNTEU National President Tony Reardon heard from me and many other HHS chapter presidents about the rather sorry state of the NTEU-HHS labor-management relationship. NTEU staff had also been advising Tony that that relationship had sunk to new lows. Therefore, in late March, Tony wrote a letter to HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, in which he outlined our concerns about this poor state of affairs, and cited several recent matters that illustrated how badly the relationship had deteriorated. Tony asked for her help in resetting the relationship. HHS replied in a May 23 letter that the agency is “committed to working with NTEU in establishing and maintaining a positive working relationship to ensure a healthy environment for our employees.” Continue reading “Meeting with HHS on Labor-Management Relationship”