Tom Temin: And the Trump administration`s executive orders cover a lot of territory, and what can you reasonably expect, would you like to see in an agreement on the official time and all the other provisions? On February 16, 1999, the VA Center ended negotiations over its decision to supply POP 24/7, when Taylor, the VA Center`s chief negotiator, abruptly announced that the VA Center had « finished » the negotiations. Almost immediately, AFGE, Local 940, asked to continue negotiations with the help of a federal mediator. Taylor refused, saying the VA Center had no obligation to negotiate, as the subject matter being discussed was covered by an agreement. Then, on March 15, 10, 1999, THE VA Center implemented its decision when 10 of the 18 computer scientists qualified for this work were permanently assigned to a new mission during which they had to work for the first time on weekends. Prior to the implementation of this change, IT operators had worked from Monday to Friday and had never been tasked with working permanently for a weekend. In addition, VA has undergone a vast reorganization related to Vice President Al Gore`s efforts to reinvent government. Under these conditions, the VA and AFGE wanted to give flexibility to local unions to tackle reorganization efforts in relation to their respective bodies. Contract negotiations began around November 1994. Perkins worked for twelve to fourteen months as the Union`s representative on the national negotiating team. John Gage, president of AFGE, Local 1923, Baltimore, Maryland, whose signature appears on the contract, also served on the national bargaining team and was one of the last six union representatives at the time the contract was signed. (2) The Federal Service Impasses Panel (FSIP), made up of 10 president-appointees who resolve deadlocks in negotiations between agencies and unions, significantly modified the agreement in its November 5 decision, supposedly to align the labor agreement with several Trump administration implementing executive orders that govern federal personnel. « AFGE NVAC is disappointed by the body`s decision on the union`s Master Collective Bargaining Agreement, but not entirely surprised that a Trump-appointed body is governing 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. In U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Social Security Administration, Baltimore, Maryland, 47 FLRA 1004 (1993) (SSA), the FLRA stated that an agency has no obligation to bargain if the subject matter of a union`s bargaining request by or in the parties` collective agreement. In the Sacramento Air Logistics Center, McClellan Air Force Base, California, 47 FLRA 1161 (1993), the Authority stated that it would apply the analysis it conducted in SSA to cases of alleged unilateral changes in working conditions in which an agency asserts that it is not bound by the terms of a negotiated agreement: to negotiate the subject. . . .