CBA Ratified

Monday Minute for the Week of August 3, 2015 – CBA Ratified

NTEU Chapter 208 Term Bargaining was ratified by the chapter membership on Thursday July, 30th. The NTEU National Constitution and Bylaws Article XV require that when agreement has been reached in term bargaining that a special Chapter meeting be held for the members present to vote on ratification of the agreement. An overwhelming majority of the members present voted to ratify the term agreement.

There were several wins in this term bargaining for the chapter. The chapter’s Field Representative, Peyton Lawrimore and the Chief Negotiator, Jennifer Harling described the changes during the special meeting last week.

Article 22 – Awards – the change ensures BU Awards are more in line to Non BU. Now there is a link in the contract where management can give no more that .8% more than what the BU gets. It’s important to get in the contract. The new language includes Time-Off Awards. The prior article for Awards gave management complete discretion this memorializes the current practice.

Article 7 Telework – Now employees can request up to 5 days/week. There is clear request criteria. This does not exclude Satellite workers. The changes here also gets rid of the current Article 8.

Article 15 Family leave- Family leave changed in some way. It sets a standard for 6 months of leave. There are specifics denial rules. This includes same sex marriages.

Article 10 Annual Leave – Mostly gives management deadlines for approving leave requests.

Article 11 Sick Leave – Managers can now accept self-certification for illness more than three days. The prior contract required a doctor’s note.

Article 6 – Hours of work – Increased the number of hours when an employees on NEWFlex can earn credit hours.   It allows employees to work regular and credit hours on Saturdays.

Article 2 – Employee Rights – Mass dignity clause states that both NTEU and NRC are committed to the NRC Values. This allows NTEU to now file grievance when a manager is bullying without having to be related to EEO basis. This also allows the union to file a grievance even if the employee does not request it.

Articles 44 and 45 – Counseling memos are not progressive discipline. Counseling memos is not discipline so they cannot be considered a 1st offense.

Article 20 Reassignment – Employees requesting lateral assignment will not be better informed. It requires managers to provide more notification and allow for a briefing if not selected.

Article 49 RIF – NTEU bolstered 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, tie-breakers and the delivery of information to the employee and NTEU. It was made clear that Bump and Retreat was never in the previous contract.

NTEU would like to hear from you too. Please send emails to or stop by the union office located in OWFN 1 G22. We look forward to talking with you!

In Case You Missed It:  The Veterans Employee Resource Group (VERG) cordially invites you to its first coffee muster on August 5, 2015, from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 the TWFN exhibit area.  Stop by to meet VERG members and learn more about the resource group and its activities.  For more information, contact John Tibbetts, VERG, at (301) 415-2253 or Joseph Somerville, VERG, at (301) 415-5203.

Someone Said: “Our labor unions are not narrow, self-seeking groups. They have raised wages, shortened hours, and provided supplemental benefits. Through collective bargaining and grievance procedures, they have brought justice and democracy to the shop floor.” — John F. Kennedy

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