The Agency plans to implement Pres. Trump’s May 25th
executive orders on Monday, July 9, 2018, via the
imposition of 21 revised contract articles, without giving the
union a meaningful opportunity to bargain.
Several unions, including AFGE, have filed lawsuits against
one or more of these orders. These lawsuits have been
consolidated, and there is a hearing scheduled on the merits
of the suit on 7/25.
However, in the meantime, you need to prepare for the implementation, which
will occur on July 9th. These are the changes you need to know about:
YOU WILL HAVE NO RIGHT TO GRIEVE YOUR PACS SCORE OR ANYTHING
RELATED TO AWARDS, OTHER INCENTIVE PAY, OR RELOCATION EXPENSES.
IN CASE OF A “RIF” (LAYOFFS), “PERFORMANCE” WILL TAKE PRECEDENCE
YOU WILL HAVE NO RIGHT TO PROGRESSIVE DISCIPLINE (YOU CAN BE
IMMEDIATELY FIRED IF MANAGEMENT FEELS IT’S WARRANTED) OR TO BE
TREATED SIMILARLY TO OTHER EMPLOYEES IN TERMS OF DISCIPLINE.
IF MANAGEMENT FEELS YOU ARE NOT “PERFORMING,” YOU WILL
GENERALLY HAVE A MAXIMUM OF 30 DAYS TO IMPROVE OR YOU MAY BE
YOU WILL HAVE NO RIGHT TO GRIEVE YOUR TERMINATION. (NOTE: if you are
terminated, your only recourse will be statutory appeals (EEO, MSPB) for which you may need
a LAWYER. If you are NOT a dues paying union member, the union cannot assist you with
these appeals. You will be ON YOUR OWN).
IF YOU DO HAVE A GRIEVANCE, THE UNION WILL GENERALLY NOT BE ABLE
TO USE OFFICIAL TIME (UNION TIME) TO REPRESENT YOU. ALSO, THE
TOTAL AVAILABLE OFFICIAL TIME WILL BE CUT BY ABOUT 82%.
THE UNION WILL LIKELY NOT BE ABLE TO REPRESENT YOU (OR EVEN
COMMUNICATE WITH YOU) USING AGENCY PHONES, COMPUTERS, OR