HHS employees win in contract dispute with agency
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Jan 10, 2020
Department of Health and Human Services workers—represented by the National Treasury Employees Union—won a legal dispute with the agency, a victory that should result in improved work conditions, according to the union.
HHS, for months now—by incorrectly applying a Federal Service Impasses Panel decision, the union argued—had imposed what NTEU characterizes simply as “one-sided contract terms” affecting the agency’s approximately 80,000 employees.
The union has been pursuing a grievance to reverse the agency’s action since last April. Now, a neutral arbitrator in the case has determined that the evidence supports “the union’s position that HHS illegally implemented one-sided contract terms that were not part of a complete, mutual agreement between the agency and the union.”
The union celebrated the win—and is hoping next to negotiate a settlement for harm done to employees.
“Once again, NTEU has fought successfully to uphold the law and force HHS leadership to properly negotiate a fair collective bargaining agreement,” Tony Reardon, NTEU’s president said in a press release. “This is an important victory for federal employees who simply want their employers to follow basic labor law and respect their right to have a strong voice in the workplace.”