To all NCUA Bargaining Unit Employees,
CBA NCUA/NTEU – The new CBA Articles 9 - Compensation, 14 - Travel and Expense, and 18 - Career Ladder were ratified and fully effective on January 16, 2018. For further details please login. Note: For members only.
NTEU Chapter 303 President
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Upcoming Initiatives to Negotiate
Central Office Renovations – We expect to receive new plans and time lines in the next few weeks and will keep you posted.
Computer Refresh - NTEU opened mid-term negotiations and provided roll-out proposals. We continue to negotiate but are very disappointed in OCIO’s response. They do not want to provide assistance for set-up and training on the new computers, plans to only offer 14” and smaller computers, and no buy-back program.
New Time and Attendance System (HR Links) – This new program is mandated by GSA with a roll-out of early May. Office employees will no longer use the spreadsheet to record time. However, field employees will continue to use TMS as well as the new system. All leave and premium pay requests will be made through HR Links. Items to consider:
- Training (what, when, and how), what will TMS be used for, and reconciling TMS and HR Links?
CBA Articles 11 – Hours of Work and 12 - Leave – These articles will be open for negotiations in the coming months to accommodate the HR Links. We also plan to address Emergency Leave situations and possibly office alternative work schedules.
Pending Institutional Grievances
Rental Vehicle Approval Documentation – OCFO provided notice to all employees that they must retain the written pre-approval to provide in case the expense report is audited. The grievance claims this is a unilateral “change in working conditions” and the Agency failed to provide notice and bargain. There has never been such a requirement nor was it anticipated so the CBA is silent on the issue. This is unlike the required receipts where the CBA specifically requires certain receipts and speaks to the process when a receipt is not available. The approval is between the employee and the supervisor, and has nothing to do with the veracity of the expense. The purpose of the pre-approval is to provide the supervisor the opportunity to have the employee use another means of transportation while in the TDY for a particular assignment.
The grievance meeting was held on January 8, 2018 and we are awaiting on NCUA’s decision.
Indirect Travel When Connecting Through the ODS Airport – Travel scenario: ODS and airport HUB= A, Assignment #1 = B, Assignment #2 = C, Indirect Location = D.
Cost justified, saving the Agency travel expense. Instead of two roundtrip tickets (A/B and A/C) the employee would purchase four flights (A to B, B to D, D to C, and C to A). Per diem, hotel expense and travel nights would stop and begin again as if he/she had traveled using the two roundtrip tickets.
NCUA claims that an employee’s travel ended when they stepped foot in the ODS airport even though the reservation/ticket was for travel from B to D. NTEU disagrees. Indirect travel and multi-city ticketing in lieu of traveling home are both clearly allowed by the CBA. There has never been a discussion or negotiation regarding connections through an airline HUB and that is something the employee would have very little, if any, control over.
This issue has a huge effect on all employees whose ODS has an airport that is an airline’s HUB. NTEU is waiting to schedule a grievance meeting in this matter.
NTEU Sues OPM for Constitutional Violation Stemming From Massive Data Breaches
The national union for NTEU Chapter 303 is suing OPM on behalf of NTEU dues paying members. If successful, we could win lifetime credit monitoring and identity theft projection. Only dues paying members at the time of settlement are eligible. Now is the time to consider joining NTEU Chapter 303 or you could possibly be without the valuable protection that could affect your financial future.
NTEU is watching these bills that could affect
FIRREA Agency Employees
- H.R. 757 and S.255 provides a 3.20% raise for GS employees for 2018. While this does not impact NCUA we believe this proposed legislation helps other’s within the Federal Government.
- H.R. 785 seeks to roll back higher employee retirement contributions for federal workers hired since 2013.
- H.R. 2175 would lower overall prescription drug costs and premiums in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.
- H.R. 532 would give federal employees six weeks of paid parental leave.
- Financial CHOICE Act could impact NCUA with additional congressional oversight of NCUA. While we do support credit union friendly measures like repeal of the Durbin amendment. Action needed!!http://action.nteu.org/app/onestep-write-a-letter?9&engagementId=342153
- H.R. 1137 would cut certain federal salaries immediately by 8.7 percent and limit future pay raises.
- H.R. 1230 would lower federal pensions.
- H.R. 417 would slash the federal workforce by 10 percent over two years.
- H.R. 4461 would prevent federal employees from voluntarily deducting dues.
- H.R. 1364 would limit certain union official’s benefits who utilize official time to serve bargaining unit employees.
The NTEU Legislation Department is closely monitoring these bills and is sharing with members of Congress what the impacts could be on our members. The Committee Chairman has expressed a strong commitment to bringing forward legislation to weaken consumer and depositor protections and to make changes in law requested by the banks and investment houses. Such legislation, which might be an amalgamation of some of the bills considered yesterday, certainly could also be a vehicle for making changes detrimental to FIRREA employees. Be assured we will take action to oppose any measures that negatively affect NTEU members. Use this link to contact your members of Congress. https://capwiz.com/nteu/home/ Please don't use your NCUA email address when contacting your member of Congress.