Epa Afge Agreement

If you would like to become a local 704 member, contact 704afge@gmail.com. This is a great time to get involved. Perhaps especially for EPO staff, the new collective agreement allows workers to telework up to two days a week – an improvement over the one-week one-day limit that the Agency unilaterally implemented last summer. The move has shaken CEPOL staff, prompting protests by AFGE residents of the Agency and outside pressure on Capitol Hill to rethink it. The Agency and the union have returned to the negotiating table since last month to draft a new agreement. These discussions could be concluded this spring. We don`t have time to be demoralized! Other ways to act: Visit www.afge.org/fightback. Read the EO summary. See also July/August 2018 – Vol. LXXXVII No. 4 AFGE The Government Standard edition dedicated to EOs 2018.

WASHINGTON (August 6, 2020) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today signed a new Master Collective Bargaining Agreement (MCBA) with the EPA`s largest union, the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE). Successful negotiation of a new agreement is the latest step in the Trump administration`s current efforts to create an effective and effective government. The EPO and AFGE are once again engaged in negotiations that resumed in January to develop a new agreement. Asked about the additional flexibilities offered by the Agency at the negotiating table, EPO spokesman James Hewitt told the Federal News Network: “The Agency`s offer to increase the flexibility of telework during negotiations in exchange for the AFGE Official Time Agreement and the Negotiation Policy Appeal Procedure is well documented.” “We are pleased that AFGE has agreed to enter into a transaction agreement that requires contract negotiations on a number of important issues such as working time, telecommuting and trade union rights. These negotiations are expected to be concluded by 15 April,” the EPO spokeswoman said. Nicole Cantello, president of AFGE Local 704, which represents EPO Region 5 staff, said the agency should leave the work to the union when drafting a new agreement. EPO staff must also maintain a “fully successful” or superior performance assessment to meet their telework agreements.

“The EPA and AFGE are moving forward and the Agency believes that the negotiations will result in important agreements and a definitive solution to the AFGE collective agreement.” No representative of the EPO union may devote 100% of their working time to the official time, in accordance with the agreement. The official use of time throughout the bargaining unit is limited to 7,400 hours per year – one hour per unit member. According to the opM`s latest report on the subject, EPO union representatives spent more than 58,274 hours in 2016 for the official time.

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