Q4. Why did the Union not negotiate for the GS-13 and the FLSA? A4. Unlike misinformation, public sector unions (federal governments) cannot negotiate wages and benefits, such as pensions and leave, under federal law; As a result, the Agency does not have the authority to enter into negotiations on wages, differences or other issues related to federal leave and wage management. Simply put, they cannot negotiate on these issues because it is illegal. In addition, through our legislative efforts, the Union has been able, through our lobbying activities, to support members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate (on both sides of the corridor) in legislation on the reauthorization of BPAs for FLSA compensation; However, these bills are subject to congressional approval in both chambers. With respect to GS-13, we have been working with the current government to seek high-level positions within the Agency, but like FLSA, it is illegal for public sector unions (NBPC) to negotiate GS increases; it is entirely the responsibility of the Human Resources Management Office (OPM) and the rank will end with the mandate. The EU is working to include tasks and obligations in the description of the BPA position in order to justify the GS-13 upgrades. The process is not yet complete. The Union is optimistic, because in the past the Union has managed to penetrate the enlargements of the GS-11 and the GS-12. These upgrades didn`t get us back, it took a lot of work and effort to get there. Another important reason for the concern of CBP employees is the recent EOs, which are undermining Federal workers` unions, and our ability to work on federal jobs.
These EOs are currently being implemented at the bargaining table for agencies that negotiate with their respective unions but are challenged in court. Federal law clearly states that the right of workers to organize, bargain collectively and participate, through labour organizations, in decisions that affect them, protects the public interest and contributes to the effective management of public affairs. Front-line staff and union representatives have essential ideas and information to improve the provision of quality public services to the public. The process of negotiating collective agreements and the use of participation in preliminary decisions can allow workers to make a meaningful contribution, which will allow for better decision-making, increased support for decisions, faster implementation and better outcomes for the American people. It is important that these rights are respected and that workers continue to have a voice in the workplace. Implementing a anti-worker policy that eliminates fair and equitable treatment and instead creates a culture of fear and mistrust is not a way to attract and retain a talented workforce. NTEU strongly opposes these OVS and calls on Congress to travel to protect the tariff rights of federal workers.