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Agency Ruled Too Slow on Computer Notifications

July 4, 2018Arbitrator Joshua Javits issued his decision for a 2017 grievance.  He sided with the Union, ruling that the Agency Management was too slow in sending notifications about measurability on days when inoperable computer systems hampered employee production.

 

Another Schedules Agreement Wraps in New England

June 28, 2018Vermont Management and Union revised the local work schedules agreement.

 

Student Interns Unable to Obtain School Credit

May 31, 2018 Passport Headquarters confirmed that it would not enter into agreement with colleges, even if that was a prerequisite for its student intern hires to get school credit for their work with the Agency.

 

Executive Orders Seek to Stamp Out Employee Rights

May 25, 2018The White House issued three Executive Orders, all aimed at undermining federal employees rights to challenge Management allegations of misconduct and poor performance.

 

Mediation Produces ARP Agreement

May 10, 2018National Union Officers reached agreement over an Acquisition Review Panel agreement with Agency Management at a Seattle mediation session.  Though the panel itself was recently retired, the work procedures that accompanied it are still in effect.

 

Local 1998 Grievance Produces LA Promotion

April 4, 2018 An employee was promoted after the filing of a Union grievance concerning unwarranted promotion delays.  The Agency response pledged to backdate the promotion to January, 2018.

 

Local Settlement Mitigates Need for Hearing

March 27, 2018 Management and Local 1998 reach a settlement agreement to resolve a grievance.  The Agency agreed to withdraw its allegations that Union proposals about passport databases went beyond what it was obligated to negotiate.

 

Compensatory Time Grievance Settled

March 18, 2018A long-delayed arbitration dispute was finally put to rest, with no need for another hearing.  Management and the Union came to terms for when employees can claim comp time as payment for overtime work.  The agreement takes effect at the end of April.

 

Denial of Accomodation Found Unlawful

February 22, 2018A ruling by the Equal Opportunity Employment Commssion determined that the Detroit Passport Agency discriminated against an employee by refusing to provide any of the dozen reasonable acommodations he had requested.  EEOC ruled that the lack of helpfulness exhibited by the Agency's DRAD violated the law.  The commission ordered the Agency to hang a posting, admitting wrongdoing, and allow the employee to file for damages.

 

Deal Reached for After-Hours Rotation

January 11, 2018 Stewards at the Washington Passport Agency finalized a new Duty Officer Agreement, covering employees called in to work after hours.

 

Union Officers Health Plan Guide to Members

November 17, 2017:  With health insurance open season in full swing, NFFE 1998 once again purchased for all dues-paying members access to the Consumer Checkbook Guide to Federal Health Plans.

 

Two Local Agreements Bargained the Same Day

October 24, 2017:  Union officers in Buffalo signed off with local managers on an office schedules agreement.  And, in Washington D.C's Techonlogy Operations office, an agreement was finalized for distribution of keys to electronics lockers.

 

Overtime Denied due to "Poor Performance" Challenged

October 23 2017:  Local 1998 filed a grievance concerning dozens of employees whose work was subjected to increased audit.  The alleged performance deficiencies disqualified them from working overtime.  The unprecedented number of increased audits started in April, but the Agency provided no notice about any changes to the performance system.

 

Arbitrator Finds Improper Passport Hiring Process

September 21, 2017Local 1998 prevailed in an arbitration decision, proving contract violations regarding timeframe for employees to apply for vacancies.  Arbitrator Kaplan determined that the Agency's tendency to post vacancies for less than three weeks did not qualify as a "past practice" that nullified the contract language.  He ordered the Agency to cease and desist the truncated vacancy announcements.

 

Settlement in San Francisco 

September 11, 2017 A step one grievance was settled with Management.  The grievance, concerning local leave calendar procedures in San Francisco, was put to rest.

 

Agency Temporarily Extends IEP Hires

August 21, 2017:   Hired under rules that require they convert or be terminated upon graduation, many student intern employees found themselves in a Catch-22.  The Dept. of State hiring freeze meant they could not convert to permanent status.  Although it wasn't the news they were hoping for, the Agency today announced that it will give 13-month extensions to many of these probationary employees.

 

                                   
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Officers from Houston, San Juan, Portsmouth and Seattle take part in collective bargaining training

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Secretary Treasurer Amanda Booher leads a bargaining simulation

Bargaining to settle arbitration procedures

Union and Management meet in a hotel lobby to hammer out a deal on arbitration procedures.

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NFFE 1998 officers from San Diego, Detroit, Connecticut and Tucson attend Collective Bargaining Course

 

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