The current collective agreement between AFGE and the VA has been in place since 2011 and the union and the agency must now begin negotiations on the proposed new contract. ”It`s time to reset Va`s approach to labour management relationships. The reluctance to challenge the status quo has led to the current agreement, which has many benefits that favour the union, not the veterans we are supposed to serve,” VA Secretary Robert Wilkie said in the press release. 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. 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. According to a VA press release, the new collective agreement would reduce the official use of time in the agency from about 1 million hours per year to 10,000 hours of official time, a 99 percent reduction. Substantial portions of these orders were overturned by a district court judge in August of that year, but the administration appealed that decision. `); doc.close (); – this.iframeload – funktion () – var iframe – document.getElementById (iframeId); iframe.style.display setTimeout (function ) – setIframeHeight (initialResizeCallback); e, 20; e, 20); e-function getDocHeight (doc) – var contentDiv – doc.getElementById (”iframeContent”); var docHeight – 0; if (contentDiv) ` docHeight – Math.max, contentDiv.scrollHeight, contentDiv.offsetHeight, contentDiv.clientHeight); – docHeight return; – IframeHeight (resizeCallback) function system – var iframeDoc, iframe – document.getElementById (iframeId); iframeDoc (iframe.contentWindow – iframe.contentWindow.document) iframe.contentDocument); if (iframeDoc) e var h – getDocHeight (iframeDoc); if (h-h! – 0) , iframe.style.height – parseInt (h) – `px`; if (typeof resizeCallback – ”function”) if (nTries But according to AFGE, the proposal also eliminates all or part of 42 articles in areas such as worker training, occupational health and safety and protection from retaliation against whistleblowers.
Under the Trump administration, the VA has been aggressive in trying to reduce the official time and decided in November 2018 that some of the authority`s medical staff should not use that time. This rule was brought to court by AFGE shortly after its introduction. ”Given the challenge facing the VA`s thousands of vacant jobs, these proposals could bring more than one million hours of work per year to our workforce, a critical influx of resources that would make almost an immediate difference to veterans and the employees who care for them.