The new agreement gives a bank 125,000 hours of official time – half the official time granted by afGE representatives under the previous contract, but 75,000 hours more than what the Impass panel granted in its recent decision. Deepak Gupta, the lead lawyer representing the AALJ, said he hoped the vote on the collective agreement, set for May 4, would be suspended, but Judge Amy Berman Jackson said a suspension of that vote would not be up to the court, but could be negotiated between the parties. FMCS congratulated the agency and the union for the agreement reached by both parties. In addition, the collective agreement allows the union to file complaints about disputes related to an employee`s performance appraising or other matters — another activity that would have prevented the president`s personnel settlements. After more than a year of tense negotiations, the Social Security Administration and the American Federation of Government Employees have finally agreed on a new six-year contract. In the end, the union was faced with a decision: drop and negotiate with the Agency all ongoing disputes relating to the SSA collective agreement, which included two legal proceedings and nine complaints – or let the deadlock body rule on the remaining articles of the existing AFGE contract. In the meantime, SSA said it would begin implementing the provisions of the presidential personnel regulations under the second option. Representatives of the administration and of the Union shall negotiate in good faith, including negotiations on matters which may fall within the re-establishment of point (b)(1)(7106), using interest rate-based (BWI) negotiations with a view to reaching an agreement. Every effort is made to conclude agreements that correspond to the interests of both parties. Procedures for the implementation of BICs, including the provision of the necessary training and facilities, as well as the use of alternative dispute resolution, shall be developed by the National Partnership Council. The new collective agreement signed by the SSA management and AFGE representatives at the end of last week puts an end to months of disagreement between the two parties and offers them a few days of stability before the annulment of the presidential injunctions of May 2018.
“The commitment and commitment of all those involved in these difficult negotiations was the reason why an agreement was reached,” Richard Giacolone, an agency commissioner and the president`s nominee for the position of fmCS director, said in a statement Monday. “This resolution is proof of the power of good faith negotiations, in which both sides are ready to come to the table, put aside their differences and work towards a mutual agreement that takes into account the interests of both sides. . . .