Here at National Treasury Employees Union - 208, we see the value in every worker and the strength in working together for a common good. We want to be a catalyst for positive change, and since our beginnings in 2000, we’ve been driven by the same ideas we initially founded our Service Employees Union upon: better working conditions, improved productivity, and more active employee participation.
Partnership History – Partnership brought permissible subjects to the bargaining table. They are numbers, types and grades of staffing plans and technology, method and means of performing work.
This is how! The regulation 5 USC 7106 (b)(1) describes permissible subjects that all federal agency’s “may” bargain with their Unions since the regulation begins with the phrase “at the election of the agency”. What agency in their right mind would open the door for Union ideas when they have the legal right to decide on their own and rightfully be able to choose to not make the election to bargain these topics? History shows permissible subjects were rarely bargained. President Clinton in an attempt to bring Unions & Federal Managers to the partnership table issued an Executive Order. Union(s), wanting topics of substance to discuss, lobbied the President to include permissive subjects in the EO. Rather than each federal agency making the “election” to bargain permissive subject, the President made the “election” for the entire federal government. The NTEU-NRC 2010 Partnership Charter incorporates the provisions of that EO and opened the Union’s opportunity to bargain permissive subjects at the NRC. NTEU Chapter Stewards plan to guide each Office and Regional Partnerships on how to exercise this bargaining right and how Union Representatives can provide input on changes to staffing plans and how work gets accomplished.
5 USC 7106 (b); Nothing in this section shall preclude any agency and any labor organization from negotiating—
(1)at the election of the agency, on the numbers, types, and grades of employees or positions assigned to any organizational subdivision, work project, or tour of duty, or on the technology, methods, and means of performing work;