HHS employees win in contract dispute with agency

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.”

Reader comments

Mon, Feb 3, 2020

What’s wrong with the working conditions at HHS? This is a poorly written article....no examples.....sounds like 1st world problems to me.

Wed, Jan 22, 2020

what do you expect when Health & Human Services is run by a corrupt pharmaceutical executive. They do what they want without any justification. The private sector minions now running federal agencies.

Tue, Jan 21, 2020

The big out fit inept managers have fine tuned the ability to destroy older individuals career paths through upper management endorsed age, health and gender biased discrimination. The current AARP magazine has an article detailing the way such discrimination is attempted and in many cases those managers responsible are now being accountable for in the courts through law suits. The senior management at NIH need to wake up and smell the roses because they one day will have to account for their rationale for such obvious discrimination. At the same time they talk about morale issues, when they are solely responsible for such activities.

Mon, Jan 20, 2020

Many of the NIH managers are inept, bigoted, gender biased individuals who have back stabbed many capable and talented individuals. This has been going on for years and the director of the organization turns a blind eye to such facts. It is time that there is accountability for managers who are responsible for the low morale of hard working employees. Also those who have medical issues are targeted with limited promotion potential and daily obvious bias. Due to the mismanagement of employees it is time for new leadership who will be responsible for their actions.

Wed, Jan 15, 2020

Obama administration froze the annual salary adjustments so that his cronies in the insurance industries could get cozy loans and then pay into the re-election campaigns. Democrats and republicans are so out of touch with civil servants reality it has become a joke. Remember all incumbents need to be voted out ASAP.

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