“The standard is three years because it is the maximum time during which a collective agreement can remain in force and is not challenged by another union,” Tobias said. “At the end of three years, another union could petition and call for an election. It would be irresponsible for a union to agree to a ten-year term or for management to insist on a ten-year term. Ibidun Roberts: That`s right. It is the master contract, the locals get certain arrangements to negotiate on the ground. But it is for the general concepts on which we agree at the national level. The body removed several articles from the agreement and removed others, said Ibidun Roberts, who represents NVAC. Tom Temin: Give us an idea of the situation in which the whole treaty is in terms of the timing and expiration of the existing treaty. Similar differences of opinion exist in the administration of social security. “There is no agreement within the federal government that has such language,” he said. “The closest thing is that [the provisions regarding] arbitrators` fees are.
Some contracts would say that the arbitration fees are fully paid by the losing party, but that is rare. NVAC submitted an application to the Federal Labor Relations Authority, the parent authority of the FSIP, to stay the decision until the pending appeals concerning several articles of the agreement and the constitutionality of the appointment of FSIP members are clarified. However, union officials say the proposed agreement deprives us of important safeguards offered under the current agreement, which covers about 250,000 Agency workers. The new agreement would also strengthen front-line superiors, streamline the recruitment and training process, and ensure that the agreement does not encroach on agency modernization laws, according to the VA press release. The existing VA-AFGE agreement did not indicate the expectation that employees would work in the office for at least four days. The Department of Veterans Affairs proposed a new collective agreement with the American Federation of Government Employees on May 2, one that agency officials say will improve medical care, customer service and employee responsibility. Tom Temin: Okay, and before I go into some of those details, I mentioned about a quarter of a million, I think there are 270,000 employees on the National Council goes to AFGE.