Va Union Master Agreement
The Federal Service Impasses Panel (FSIP), made up of 10 presidents appointed to resolve deadlocks in agency union negotiations, significantly changed the agreement in its November 5 ruling, allegedly to bring the labor contract into compliance with several executive orders of the Trump administration, which brings in federal staff. Some of the bargaining positions set by the VA stem from the requirements set out by three executive orders signed by President Donald Trump in May 2018: reduce the official time for union representatives, remove union representatives from agency offices and renegotiate collective agreements to meet those priorities. In AFGE`s opinion, the union contradicted VA`s proposal to remove entire sections of the new collective agreement, which official data say could lead to ongoing collective disputes and called many of the ministry`s proposals "contrary to the law." Last week, the union presented its final defence of the members` contractual claims to the Inpass group, while the Department of Justice asked a federal judge to dismiss AFGE`s complaint on behalf of the panel. AFGE filed with FSIP on June 3, arguing that the Department of Veterans Affairs had proposed significant changes to its collective agreement with the union and then refused to negotiate in good faith with AFGE representatives for counter-proposals substantially similar to those of the current agreement. Tom Temin: A lot of subjects. And now, as you said, they are in front of the panel. This body does not have much sympathy for the workers` unions of the Confederation, as we have seen in the case of social security. So what happens when they say that the VAs you guys are lucky, you`re going to go register a court filing on it? Finally, the decision reduced the time the union has to meet with and represent the workers by setting a limit of 0.65 hours per unit of tariff. That`s less than the one-hour cap per unit`s bargaining agency board employee in Trumps 2018 executive order centered on the official time. In accordance with the FSIP decision, official time cannot be used for claims either. "AFGE NVAC is disappointed by the panel`s decision on the union`s master collective agreement, but it is not entirely surprising that a Trump-appointed body would govern as they did," said Alma Lee, president of AFGE NVAC.
"But there is hope. The union is confident that the new Biden-Harris administration will correct the injustice of the Federal Service Impasses Panel. Ibidun Roberts: Oh yes. The VA is therefore seeking a ten-year contract. We are looking for the traditional three-year contract.