NTEU wants HHS to get back to bargaining

Union leadership representing employees at the Department of Health and Human Services are demanding that management return to the table and engage in proper bargaining.

NTEU President Tony Reardon is pressing HHS Secretary Alex Azar to get back to negotiations over a new contract for the agency’s workforce.

A recent legal decision was handed down, favoring the workforce’s claims. In it, a federal arbitrator determined that the agency previously had been bargaining in bad faith—a breach of labor-management law. The full record of that decision is available online.

“This decision is an opportunity to reset our negotiations and for HHS to meet us again at the bargaining table with a sincere desire to reach agreement on a contract, as required by law,” Reardon wrote in a letter to HHS.

Employee “concerns were ignored” in the recent negotiations, the union stated in a recent press release. “[A]gency negotiators plowed ahead to eliminate many rights and benefits of its own workforce.”

The union’s most recent criticisms of management were focused on the secretary and his neglect of the process.

“It is unfortunate that you refused to meet with me and that you ignored the voices of thousands of your employees who signed a petition asking for your respect,” Reardon wrote in his letter to Azar.

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