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  • Agency notice on Executive Orders
    Updated On: Jun 27, 2018

    The following is a letter delivered to the union today concerning the Executive Orders dated 5-25-2018.  Visit our Member Resources/Downloads/Executive Orders for the full text of the notice and actual orders.  Stay tuned for more news on this:


    June 5, 2018


    Mr. Witold Skwierczynski, Spokesperson

    SSA/AFGE General Committee

    P.O. Box 47638

    Baltimore, MD 21244-7638

    Mr. Skwierczynski:

    On May 25, 2018, President Trump issued three Executive Orders (enclosed) addressing matters of significance to the federal labor relations community.  In accordance with the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute, Article 4 of the expired 2012 SSA-AFGE National Agreement, and the three Executive Orders, this is notice of the Agency’s decision to implement all three Orders effective July 9, 2018. 

    The Agency recognizes that there are various issues addressed in these Orders that are also contained in the expired 2012 SSA-AFGE National Agreement.  However, as explicitly stated in the Agency’s December 2017 Notice to Terminate the National Agreement, the Agency retained the right to propose changes, independent of term negotiations, to any of the negotiable articles in the National Agreement, as well as MOUs (including the parties’ 2018 Ground Rules MOU), Supplemental Agreements, or any other written agreement. 

    Therefore, effective July 9, 2018, the Agency proposes to revise the following Articles, as well as any other Articles implicated by the Executive Orders, in the expired 2012 SSA-AFGE National Agreement and the parties’ 2018 Ground Rules MOU to adhere to the Executive Orders. 

    Article 3

    Employee Rights

    Article 4

    Negotiations During the Term of the Agreement on Management Initiated Changes

    Article 5

    Union Initiated Mid-Term Bargaining

    Article 8

    Official Travel

    Article 9

    Health and Safety

    Article 10

    Hours of Work, Flextime, Alternate Work Arrangements and Credit Hours

    Article 11

    Union Use of Official Facilities and Communications

    Article 16

    Training and Career Development

    Article 17

    Monetary Awards

    Article 18

    Equal Employment Opportunity

    Article 20

    Child Care and Elder Care

    Article 21


    Article 23

    Disciplinary and Adverse Actions

    Article 24

    Grievance Procedures

    Article 25

    Arbitration Procedures

    Article 26

    Merit Promotion

    Article 29

    Union-Management Meetings

    Article 30

    Official Time

    Article 31

    Time and Leave

    Article 40

    Alternative Dispute Resolution

    Article 41


    The Agency intends to provide additional information regarding the specific changes to the expired 2012 National Agreement prior to the July 9, 2018 implementation date.  In addition, the Agency will adhere to the 2018 Ground Rules MOU until it is modified through the statutory bargaining process. 

    In the interim, please contact Jack Leiby, OLMER Senior Advisor, at 312-575-4432 with any questions.




                                                                            Ralph Patinella

    Associate Commissioner

                                                                            Office of Labor-Management

                                                                               and Employee Relations



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