The NTEU is strongly opposed to these EOs and is asking Congress to travel to protect the collective bargaining rights of federal employees. Recently, 24 senators introduced p. 3146, a law that reflects the provisions of the Financial Services and Public Budget Act (H.R. 3351) passed by the House of Representatives for the 2020 fiscal year, which would prohibit authorities from implementing collective agreements that are not mutually agreed and voluntary by all parties or that result from mandatory arbitration. The NTEU strongly supports these efforts, which would help address the government`s attack on the right to collective bargaining and ensure that agencies comply with their legal obligations to bargain in good faith. H.R. 1433 also authorizes the creation of a staff engagement steering committee, composed of representatives from across the ministry and people from workers` organizations representing DHS staff. Finally, the bill authorizes the Secretary to establish an annual staff bonus program to recognize non-prudential employees of DHS who have made a substantial contribution to the department. In our collective agreement with CBP, NTEU negotiated a very popular common bonus program for employees. The Agency reserves the authority to determine how much of its budget is spent on rewards, but 85 per cent of the total budgeted awards are recommended by a joint union/management allocation committee, distributed proportionally among bargaining unit staff. NTEU recommends that DHS consider the negotiated CBP Joint Awards program as a model for an agency-wide program. Question 4. Why did the EU not negotiate the GS-13 and the FLSA? A4.
Contrary to misinformation, public sector unions (federal government) cannot negotiate, under federal law, wages and benefits such as retirement and leave; As a result, the Agency does not have the authority to enter into negotiations on wages, differences or other matters of the federal leave and wage administration. Simply put, they can`t negotiate on these issues because it`s illegal. That said, the Union has succeeded through our legislative efforts, our lobbying, to attract members from the United States.