Uncertain Times

NTEU Monday Minute for the Week of July 27, 2015: Uncertain Times

Most of us have, by now, read or heard about the EDO Update informing staff that the agency is in “uncertain times.” This is a difficult message to deliver; thus, NTEU appreciates that Mr. Satorius has taken this step at this time.

What does this mean for our agency? What does this mean for you? Right now, that is not clear.

Project Aim 2020 is one “tool” that the agency is developing to “right size” the agency, putting a proactive perspective on how to address the agency’s need to reduce our FTE and budget. NTEU has created a Project Aim 2020 working group that has union members working with the agency to partner the impact and implementation of this initiative. However, the EDO Update makes it clear that Project Aim 2020 may not get the agency where Congress will require it to be by 2016-2017, forcing the agency to look at “more restrictive work force structuring” which could go beyond attrition and voluntary outs (early outs and buy outs).

Through Collective Bargaining, the Reduction in Force (RIF) Article was greatly revised. As NTEU mentioned in our last communication, Article 49 has been revised to bolster language in the RIF article to ensure that employees are treated as fairly as possible if a RIF were to occur.  In addition to securing a union management committee tasked with monitoring the RIF, NTEU also won language regarding lengthy procedures memorializing the excepted service retention rules, tiebreakers and the delivery of information to the employee and NTEU.

Last year NTEU National developed a campaign to draw attention to the important work that federal employees are engaged in. And we ARE engaged. While the FEVS scores continue to go down across the federal government and here at the NRC too, reflecting, in part, the demoralizing way that federal employee are being treated by our Congress, the NRC continues to score extremely high on several questions that demonstrate our dedication to the agency’s mission. Question #7. “When needed I am willing to put in the extra effort to get a job done”, for example, which in 2014 has a 96.32% positive score. That’s very impressive and reflects well on NRC employees!

NRC employees care about the health, safety, and security mission we engage in and want the opportunity to do this work effectively and efficiently. But we need the FTE and resources to do that work. NTEU will work with our managers to keep the impact of these uncertain times as minimal as possible.

We would like to hear from you. Please feel free to contact us at nteu@nrc.gov or stop by the Union office at O 1G22.

In Case You Missed It: NTEU All Bargaining Unit Meeting will be held this Thursday, July 30, from 11:45 to 1:30 in the TWFN Auditorium. The meeting is being held to ratify the recently completed Term Collective Bargaining. Chapter 208 Field Representative, Peyton Lawrimore, and Lead Negotiator, Jennifer Harling, will attend to walk you through the changes that have been made to the Collective Bargaining Agreement. NTEU will provide lunch. The first 45 minutes are your own lunch period and the second hour can be charged for these quarterly meetings to General Administration (ZG0000). Please plan to attend.

Someone Said: “The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you.  In between the two, the leader must become a servant and a debtor . . . A friend of mine characterized leaders simply like this: ‘Leaders don’t inflict pain; they bear pain.'” — Max De Pree, American businessman and writer

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