New Contract In Effect Monday
On Monday, your new NTEU-negotiated term contract goes into effect with a number of
significant improvements to your work life. Despite difficult negotiations, NTEU
maintained or improved a number of workplace benefits and programs including awards,
flexible work schedules, performance appraisals, overtime, details and Family and
Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave. The union also addressed workload management issues
Here is a look at some of the highlights of your new agreement:
Despite the challenging economic environment, NTEU retained the current awards program that generates more than $70 million annually for deserving employees. The agreement also preserves the Quality Step Increase program and won improvements to the bilingual awards program that will make distributions more equitable.
Alternative Work Schedules
Under a new Alternative Work Schedules program, employees will have a greater range of options and more flexibility. In addition, NTEU won language expanding eligibility to more employees and making management more accountable for its decisions.
NTEU also secured a new flexiplace article. Along with a new name, the telework article expands eligibility to more employees and provides new options, including frequent telework, recurring telework and ad hoc telework. The union also negotiated rules limiting the rights of management to deny your request.
The new contract contains language creating joint committees to examine whether work can be more fairly distributed among employees in the same positions and grades. It also lays out a procedure managers must follow when downgrading a case that includes providing a written explanation to the impacted employee.
NTEU beat back the agency's efforts to eliminate the selection-by-seniority process and undermine the rights of employees to seek higher-graded duty pay for being assigned to work a higher-graded position more than 25 percent of the time.
While the IRS sought to exclude released seasonal employees from the pool of employees eligible for overtime, NTEU ultimately secured language giving seasonals, as well as on-board employees, the opportunity to work if overtime becomes available. In another improvement, the agency must give NTEU notice of overtime opportunities so the parties can discuss how it will be distributed.
Language NTEU secured restricts the IRS's use of the Embedded Quality (EQ) system to negatively impact employee evaluations. Appraisals cannot be based solely on EQ reports; managers must use a reasonable and representative sample of all assigned work when preparing appraisals.
NTEU secured a clarification of employee rights and responsibilities under FMLA, specifically, that employees are not required to submit medical documentation to supervisors that would effectively compromise their right to medical privacy, as the IRS sought.
For more details about your new contract, visit NTEU's website or see your local union representative.News Home