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.” 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. In July, the EPO and AFGE agreed on a new contract. Both the Agency and the union have called the new collective agreement a victory in their own way. The three executive orders signed by President Trump in May 2018 were aimed at facilitating the dismissal of federal employees, streamlining collective bargaining and reducing the scope of issues on which agencies can negotiate. They have also severely limited the ability of union officials to use official time. October 16, 2018 – HUD has refused to pay the travel expenses of EU negotiators to avoid negotiating with AFGE Council 222 on what the ministry has described as “union changes.” June 29, AFGE.org – The Trump administration is working behind the scenes to advance its plan to merge the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) with the General Services Administration (GSA) and transfer important political decision-making functions to the White House, a step that would politicize federal personnel and reintroduce the prey system, in which hiring, firing and compensation decisions are based on political ties. Not deserved. Last year, the administration proposed merging OPM with GSA, the agency that leases real estate and buys provisions for federal authorities. Congress expressly prohibited them from moving forward. To circumvent the law, the administration is superimposing itself on OPM with other agencies – in particular the GSA, by having OPM conclude inter-institutional agreements with these agencies on the provision of services such as financial management, information technology, facility management and even budgeting. AFGE is working to obtain a language in the fundraising process that would prevent the administration from moving forward. Read article No EPO union representative can devote 100% of their working time to the official schedule, 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. It is clear to the Union that this will not be a fair negotiation. Management has refused to provide the Union with the necessary information and the Agency has just been sanctioned by an arbitrator for violating the Federal Labour Relations Act and the Committee on Unfair Labour Practices in contract negotiations. You can read the referee`s decision here. In particular, the Arbitrator noted that the Agency`s actions constituted “an unfair labour practice of bad faith negotiations, in violation of the status, which obliges management and labour to enter into negotiations in good faith.” WASHINGTON (August 6, 2020) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today signed a new collective bargaination management contract (MCBA) with the EPA`s largest union, the Afge (American Federation of Government Employees). Successful negotiation of a new agreement is the latest step in the Trump administration`s current efforts to create an effective and effective government.