The new collective agreement signed by the management of the SSA and representatives of the AFGE at the end of last week puts an end to months of disagreement between the two parties and offers them a few days of stability a few days before the annulment of the presidential injunctions of May 2018. FMCS congratulated the agency and the union for the agreement reached by both parties. Representatives of the administration and of the Union shall negotiate in good faith, including negotiations on matters which may fall within the re-establishment of point (b)(1)(7106), using interest rate-based (BWI) negotiations with a view to reaching an agreement. Every effort is made to conclude agreements that correspond to the interests of both parties. Procedures for the implementation of BICs, including the provision of the necessary training and facilities, as well as the use of alternative dispute resolution, shall be developed by the National Partnership Council. In the end, the union was faced with a decision: drop and negotiate with the Agency all ongoing disputes relating to the SSA collective agreement, which included two legal proceedings and nine complaints – or let the deadlock body rule on the remaining articles of the existing AFGE contract. In the meantime, SSA said it would begin implementing the provisions of the presidential personnel regulations under the second option. In addition, the collective agreement allows the union to file complaints about disputes related to an employee`s performance appraising or other matters — another activity that would have prevented the president`s personnel settlements. The new agreement gives a bank 125,000 hours of official time – half the official time granted by afGE representatives under the previous contract, but 75,000 hours more than what the Impass panel granted in its recent decision. The agreement allows 20 shop stewards to use no more than 840 hours of official time per year, meaning that these employees can spend about 40% of their time on union activities and spend the remaining 60% of their time performing the duties for which they were originally hired.

“The commitment and commitment of all those involved in these difficult negotiations was the reason why an agreement was reached,” Richard Giacolone, an agency commissioner and the president`s nominee for director of the FMCS, said in a statement Monday. “This resolution is proof of the power of good faith negotiations, in which both sides are ready to come to the table, put aside their differences and work towards a mutual agreement that takes into account the interests of both sides. I commend the leaders of SSA and AFGE for their commitment to solving these difficult issues in a spirit of constructive engagement. After more than a year of tense negotiations, the Social Security Administration and the American Federation of Government Employees have finally agreed on a new six-year contract. “The new contract reflects the agency`s priority in the public service and will take effect on Oct. 27,” an SSA spokeswoman said in a statement to Federal News Network. “The Agency thanks the AFGE and Social Security negotiating teams for their many months of efforts and has set itself up to reach the new agreement.” Let us help you answer your questions about federal health benefits (FEHB) 2021 open season! According to presidential personnel regulations, AFGE representatives would have received a bank of 45,000 hours, one hour per employee in the SSA bargaining unit. The Parties recognise that a new relationship between work and management as a partner is essential to transform the Social Security Administration into an agency that functions more efficiently and effectively and better meets the needs of clients. This partnership involves the exchange of information during the first phase of the preliminary decision, which creates mutual trust and respect in order to better serve the Agency`s mission.

Last week, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals denied the federal employees` unions the opportunity to a new hearing on the merits, a decision made during the SSA-AFGE negotiations. . . .