Collective Bargaining Underway

NTEU Monday Minute for the Week of May 4, 2015: Collective Bargaining is Underway

On Thursday, April 30th, NTEU held its quarterly All-Bargaining Unit meeting to provide information focusing primarily on Collective Bargaining that starts Monday. One of the articles that the Agency has proposed changing is Article 52, Official Time, which would take away this right. WHY? As Chapter 208 President Sheryl Burrows stated at the meeting:  “Management is targeting many of the hard won rights in the CBA that provide for a strong union.” As the exclusive representative of our bargaining unit employees, a strong union provides a stronger voice for these employees.

In an environment where “employee engagement” is the new federal buzzword, what better way to ensure that our employees are engaged than to provide an environment where employees are informed and feel they have a voice in the issues that impact their working environment – from the right to be treated with dignity and professionalism in interactions with management and colleagues to the way that employees are allowed to use telework and alternate work schedules.

As we go through the bargaining process, NTEU is always focused on retaining the rights that we have already won while moving forward to gain additional rights that enhance your working environment.

We want to hear from you. Please send comments and questions to or stop by the union office (closed for renovation until May 8th so you can find us in T 7D2).

In Case You Missed It: The Asian Pacific American Advisory Committee (APAAC) cordially invites you to celebrate National Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month by attending its annual luncheon on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, from 12 noon – 1:00 p.m. in the TWFN auditorium.  This year’s theme is, “Many Cultures, One Voice – Promoting Equality and Inclusion.” The Keynote Speaker is Rear Admiral Jon A. Hill, Program Executive Officer, Integrated Warfare Systems, United States Navy Performance. In addition, there will be a Classical Indian dance presentation in Bharatanatyam style performed by Ms. Hamsa Balaji.

A boxed lunch featuring Indian cuisine from Spice Grill is available to purchase in advance for $12.00 per person, or you may bring your own lunch. All meals include an Indian dessert, Gulaab Jaamun (fried milk balls in sugar syrup), and a beverage (water or soda).  Please submit your choice for lunch with cash or check payment (checks payable to Donald Chung) to one of the following contacts by Friday, May 1, 2015.

Contacts: OWFN: Leelavathi Sreenivas – O-4 G05, 301-415-1285; TWFN: Leslie Liu – T-9 D29, 301-415-6053; 3WFN: Liza Cunningham – 3WFN 2-C75 , 301-287-0543; Stephanie Coffin – C3A2, 301-251-7499. This event will be accessible by VTC in all regional offices and by bridge line (877-531-4162; pass code: 24168). Regional employees should check their Web site for VTC locations.

Someone Said: “The only sound approach to collective bargaining is to work out an agreement that clarifies the rights and responsibilities of the parties, establishes principles and operates to the advantage of all concerned.”  — Charles E. Wilson, American businessman


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