The Office of Personnel (OPM) requires agencies to report on the number official time
hours used by unions to perform representational functions. Effective pay period 702 on
December 31, 2006, time for union stewards must be recorded in the HRMS time and
labor system as defined below in order to meet OPM’s requirement. NTEU appointed
labor partners and stewards should continue to report their partnership duty time under
ZG0017, Partnership Activities, which is not reported to OPM. Managers and NTEU
stewards do not use the Partnership Activity code.
NTEU Stewards will charge their union official time to one of the following Activity
ZG0017 – PARTNERSHIP ACTIVITIES (STEWARDS & EMPLOYEES)
[Change Note: Partnership Charter (9/14/2010) section F.5 directs stewards to charge
Partnership time to ZG0017]
ZG0029 – (STEWARDS) GENERAL LABOR-MANAGEMENT RELATIONS
This category for reporting official time hours refers to time used for activities not
included in the other three categories. Examples of such activities include: meetings
between labor and management officials to discuss general conditions of employment,
labor-management committee meetings (partnership), labor relations training for union
representatives, and union participation in formal meetings and investigative interviews.
ZG0039 – (STEWARDS) DISPUTE RESOLUTION-LABOR RELATIONS
This category for reporting official time hours refers to time used to process grievances
up to and including arbitrations and to process appeals of bargaining unit employees to
the various administrative agencies such as the MSPB, FLRA and EEOC and, as
necessary, to the courts.
ZG0049 – (STEWARDS) NEGOTIATIONS (MID-TERM)-LABOR RELATIONS
This category for reporting official time hours refers to time used to bargain over issues
raised during the life of a term agreement.
ZG0059 – (STEWARDS) NEGOTIATIONS (TERM)-LABOR RELATIONS
This category for reporting official time hours refers to time used by union
representatives to prepare for and negotiate a basic collective bargaining agreement or
Please forward these instructions to the appropriate employees within your office and
assist them with updating their time entry profiles with the needed codes. If you have
questions concerning proper use of the activity codes you may contact, NTEU.