No EPO trade union representative may devote 100% of his working time to his or her official time, in accordance with the collective agreement. The official use of time throughout the bargaining unit is limited to 7,400 hours per year – one hour per member of the unit. According to the opM`s latest report on this subject, EPO trade union representatives spent more than 58,274 hours in 2016 with official time. The signing of the new contract is expected to end a long, often controversial, saga of collective bargaining between the two parties. But the two again disagree on a series of comments from the EPO that indicate the Agency had proposed a more generous teleworking policy in exchange for concessions made by the union on official time and other matters. The collective agreement provides that employees may have up to two days of telework per week, which allows the union to use conference rooms without the Agency`s permission and the Agency provides personal protective equipment and ambient air quality testing. „Regardless of the telework plan or alternative work schedule, employees are expected to physically report to the construction site and the official service at least three days a week,“ the new collective agreement states. „Scheduled maxi-flex leave days, compressed leave days and regular telework days count for the purposes of this requirement as a day outside the official construction site. Any leave, every day in paid leave (for example. B annual hours, sickness, credit, etc.) or official travel is not considered a day away from the official yard for the purposes of this requirement. „Anyone wishing to become a local 704 member should contact firstname.lastname@example.org. It`s a great time to get involved. In a large household last year, the EPO tried to implement a new contract for its employees without a union agreement.
Asked about the additional flexibilities the Agency had offered in the workplace at the negotiating table, EPO spokesman James Hewitt said in a statement to the Federal News Network: „The Agency`s offer to increase telework during negotiations in exchange for AFGE`s agreement on official time and negotiated complaint procedure is very well documented.“ For EPO staff in particular, the new collective agreement that allows employees to work up to two days a week may be an improvement over the one day a week limit unilaterally introduced by the Agency last summer. The American Federation of Government Employees, which represents around 7500 EPO employees, filed a complaint against unfair labour practices against the Agency earlier this week. The complaint focuses on comments made by Wheeler at a Regional 8 Epa staff meeting regarding recent discussions on a new collective agreement between the union and the EPO. In his letter, Kelley also said that the EPO had violated labour law in its relations with the union. . . .