AFGE Council 119 President Danielle Spooner said the request for the union to waive its right to negotiate after implementation was unacceptable because the union`s collective agreement expressly requires such negotiations in the event of a national emergency. “Please work with your superior for your specific circumstances,” Lopez said. “If you have a telework agreement but don`t have your laptop and other equipment needed to telework with you, please come to the office to pick them up and meet with your supervisor before you start unscheduled telework.” The decision is consistent with a 2016 collective agreement between USCIS and the National Citizenship and Immigration Services Council 119 of the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents more than 13,000 USCIS employees. Executive Order (EO) 13836, Developing Efficient, Effective, and Cost-Reducing Approaches to Federal Sector Collective Bargaining, signed by the President on May 25, 2018, requires agencies to submit any long-term collective agreement (CBA) and its expiry date within 30 days of the CBA`s entry into force. EO 13836 also requires OPM to make these CBAs available to the public on the internet. This promotes transparency by allowing the public to consult the types of agreements between federal agencies and industry unions. Agencies are also required to submit arbitration awards to OPM within 10 business days of receipt. OPM has issued a memorandum on the publication of the CBA database, which contains guidelines on agency requirements for CBAs and arbitration awards. “The notice proposing to temporarily suspend negotiations on emergency measures was drafted in exchange for the union`s request that the agency respond to various requests from the union leadership for increased engagement of descendants,” he said. “To do this would require mutual agreement, which means that the union has the right to reject or accept it.” Under a remote work agreement, USCIS employees would work all or most of the time from a geographic site other than a “brick and metel” facility provided by the agency, McLaughlin said. Staff would not be required to report at least two days per pay period to their USCIS facilities. “The Agency strives to put in place effective and effective remote work agreements to support a more flexible and agile work environment without compromising staff performance or mission fulfillment,” says McLaughlin`s letter.
“The objective of this amendment is to establish protocols for effective and effective remote work agreements, while the Agency is on the road to a more flexible work environment.” Employees who do not currently have a telework plan can complete a temporary agreement, the FDIC said Tuesday in an email sent to employees by the National Treasury Employees Union. While the announcement of USCIS`s “remote work” certainly coincides with growing concerns about COVID-19, the Agency`s letter does not mention coronavirus. The implementation of a national remote work program is due to the Agency`s collective agreements with AFGE, said Judy McLaughlin, head of USCIS` Department of Labor and Personnel Relations. At the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 74% of the workforce has telework agreements, NRC Commissioner David Wright told the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on Wednesday.