Union calls on HHS to return to negotiations
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Sep 11, 2018
The National Treasury Employees Union has been trying to negotiate a new contract for its members employed by the Department of Health and Human Services—and the union recently is getting some help from two members of Congress.
Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) co-authored a letter directed to HHS Secretary Alex Azar, nudging the agency chief to recommence talks for a new contract for employees at the agency. DeLauro and Schakowsky are the ranking members on key committees affecting HHS.
“We believe that federal workers at HHS and elsewhere in the Administration deserve to be treated with respect and to have full access to the workplace rights that Congress has provided through statute,” the lawmakers say in the letter.
In recent months, agency executives called for eliminating 21 of 34 standing contract articles, “without any explanation or reasonable attempt to negotiate,” and then walked away from ongoing negotiations, according to a union press release.
“The men and women of HHS who work every day to advance the nation’s public health are grateful for the support from Rep. DeLauro and Rep. Schakowsky,” NTEU National President Tony Reardon said. “HHS employees deserve a fair contract negotiated in good faith that gives them a voice in their workplace and keeps the agency a competitive employer, and we look forward to returning to the table as soon as possible to get it done.”
NTEU represents approximately 14,000 frontline employees among numerous HHS offices, according to the release.