Nine outstanding contract articles are currently in dispute after the VA secretary withdrew them from collective bargaining in 2019. The treaty can only be ratified by members once the status of these articles has been clarified, Roberts said. “The standard is three years because it is the maximum time during which a collective agreement can remain in force and is not challenged by another union,” Tobias said. “At the end of three years, another union could petition and call for an election. It would be irresponsible for a union to agree to a ten-year term or for management to insist on a ten-year term. The Department of Veterans Affairs proposed a new collective agreement with the American Federation of Government Employees on May 2, one that agency officials say will improve medical care, customer service and employee accountability. NVAC submitted an application to the Federal Labor Relations Authority, the parent authority of the FSIP, to stay the decision until the pending appeals concerning several articles of the agreement and the constitutionality of the appointment of FSIP members are clarified. Another unusual aspect of the proposed contract is its duration. Under the conditions set by the department, the collective agreement would be in force for ten years. And it removes the re-opening clause from the previous agreement, which is a standard part of an employment services contract that allows the parties to reopen to the renegotiation of the parts of an agreement before its expiry date. NVAC and the negotiations initially ended in a deadlock in December 2019 and triggered the awarding of the contract to FSIP. The body removed several articles from the agreement and removed others, said Ibidun Roberts, who represents NVAC. Tom Temin: Okay, and before I go into some of those details, I mentioned about a quarter of a million, I think there are 270,000 employees on the National Council goes to AFGE. Is there an agreement for everyone in the Council? The proposal significantly changes the way workers can work remotely and requires people with telework contracts to travel to their duty stations four days a week.
People with compressed work schedules, z.B. Employees who work four 10-hour days per week would not be eligible for the program and employees would have to reapply every four months to work remotely.