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HAPS PROGRAM AGREEMENT

ARBITRATION HEARING

BARGAINING MEMBERS

BONUS

BYLAWS

PROPOSED BYLAWS CHANGES

CONTENTS

UNION CONTRACT

D-DAY AGAINST RUMSFELD

AFGE DENTAL TRUST PROBLEM

FEPCA

GRIEVANCE

JOINT TRAVEL REGULATION

UNION LETTER

FREQUENT FLYER MILES

NEGOTIATIONS 1

NEGOTIATIONS 2

UNION OFFICIALS

TRANSIT SUBSIDY AGREEMENT

RIGHT TO REPRESENTATION

TRAVEL SCAM

NEWS

USE OF GOVERNMENT EQUIPMENT

PAYMENT OF EXPENSES

Article 1

RECOGNITION AND UNIT DESIGNATION

SECTION 1.01: The Employer hereby recognizes the American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO, and its Local 3529 (Union) as the exclusive representative of all the employees in the unit as defined in Section 1.02, below.

SECTION 1.02: Included are all professional and administrative employees employed by the Department of Defense, Defense Contract Audit Agency, Central Region, Irving, Texas, including temporary employees whose appointments exceed one hundred eighty (180) days.

SECTION 1.03: Excluded from the unit are all management officials, supervisors, and employees described in 5 U.S.C.7112(b)(2)(3)(4)(6) and (7).

SECTION 1.04: The parties agree that the terms and conditions of the Agreement apply only to positions within the certified bargaining unit.

Article 2

RIGHTS OF EMPLOYEE

SECTION 2.01: An employee will have the right and will be protected in the exercise of that right, freely and without fear of penalty or reprisal, to form, join, and assist the Union or to refrain from such activity in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 7102. In the exercise of this right, employees and their representatives will be free from any and all interference, restraint, coercion, and discrimination.

SECTION 2.02: Nothing in the Agreement will require an employee to become or to remain a member of the Union, or to pay money to the Union except pursuant to a voluntary, written authorization by a member for the payment of dues through payroll deductions. Nothing in the Agreement shall preclude the making of a voluntary cash dues payment to the Union by a member.

SECTION 2.03: If an employee is to be served in the office with a warrant or subpoena, it will be done in private without the knowledge of other employees to the extent possible.

SECTION 2.04: Except as otherwise expressly provided in this contract and in 5 U.S.C. 7102, the right to assist a labor organization extends to participation in the management of that organization and acting for that organization in the capacity of an organization representative, including presentation of views to officials of the Executive Branch, the Congress or other appropriate authority.

SECTION 2.05: Nothing in this Agreement shall preclude an employee from exercising his rights to file a petition with the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) if the employee feels there is cause to believe a question of representation exists.

SECTION 2.06: Personnel policies, procedures and regulations shall be applied fairly and equitably.

SECTION 2.07: Employees, individually and collectively, have the right to conditions of employment which include human dignity and respect.

SECTION 2.08: Electronic deposit will be the standard method of payment for salary and travel reimbursements of all new hires employed after 01 August 1992. The only exemptions to this policy will be those individuals who are currently not enrolled in Direct Deposit/ Electronic Funds Transfer (DD/EFT). These individuals may continue their exempt status until such time as they elect to enroll or take an action which requires DD/EFT participation (includes Separation and Re-employment, Promotion, and Transfer to another organization within DoD).

Article 3

UNION RIGHTS

SECTION 3.01: The Union will have the right and obligation to represent the interests of all employees in the unit and to present its views to the Employer. The Employer and Union, through their own authorized and designated representatives, shall meet at reasonable times and negotiate in good faith with respect to conditions of employment, so far as may be appropriate, and not inconsistent with any Federal law or any Government-wide rule or regulation or any then existing Agency rule or regulation for which there is a compelling need as determined under regulations prescribed by the Authority.

SECTION 3.02: "Conditions of employment" for the purposes of this Agreement are defined as personnel policies, practices and matters, whether established by rule, regulation, or otherwise, affecting working conditions, except that such term does not include policies, practices and matters:

    A. relating to political activities prohibited under Sub-chapter III of Chapter 73 of Title 5 of the United States Code;

    B. relating to the classification of any position; or

    C. specifically provided for by Federal Statute.

SECTION 3.03: The Union may refuse to represent any bargaining unit employee in any statutory appeal matter, which includes the following:

    Adverse actions such as removals, demotions, etc.
    EEO complaints
    Unacceptable performance actions such as removal or demotion
    Workers compensation cases
    Allegations of prohibited personnel practices

SECTION 3.04: The employer will give the Union at least 7 days advance notice of a new employee’s entrance on duty date, name, position, and work location. The Union will also be notified 14 days in advance of any employee employment orientation session and allowed to participate in accordance with the formal meeting procedure to discuss representational matters. The Union representative will be provided a period of time not to exceed sixty (60) minutes, before a break if possible, to address the new employees at their permanent duty station as part of this employee employment orientation session. If a new employee will not be included in a group orientation, a Union representative will be afforded a period of time, not to exceed sixty (60) minutes, during the new employee’s first day of empoyment to discuss representational matters. Release of the Union representative to attend these meetings will be subject to the official time provisions of Article 5.

SECTION 3.05: The following list contains examples of both permissible and prohibited political activities for covered employees. The Office of Special Counsel is responsible for investigating reports or complaints concerning Hatch Act violations.

    May be candidates for public office in nonpartisan elections
    May register and vote as they choose
    May assist in voter registration drives
    May express opinions about candidates and issues
    May contribute money to political organizations
    May attend political fundraising functions
    May attend and be active at political rallies and meetings
    May join and be active member of a political party or club
    May sign nominating petitions
    May campaign for or against referendum questions, constitutional amendments, municipal ordinances
    May campaign for or against candidates in partisan elections
    May make campaign speeches for candidates in partisan elections
    May distribute campaign literature in partisan elections
    May hold office in political clubs or parties
    May not use their official authority or influence to interfere with an election
    May not collect political contributions unless both individuals are members of the same federal labor organization or employee organization and the one solicited is not a subordinate employee
    May not knowingly solicit or discourage the political activity of any person who has business before the agency
    May not engage in political activity while on duty
    May not engage in political activity in any government office
    May not engage in political activity while wearing an official uniform
    May not engage in political activity while using a government vehicle
    May not solicit political contributions from the general public
    May not be candidates for public office in partisan elections
    May not wear political buttons on duty

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