August 28, 2015: An Alternative Dispute Resolution agreement brought a dispute concerning employee breaks to a close. The Union had objected to the Agency unilerally outlawing employees attaching their break to the end of the lunch period.
August 9, 2015: Passport Management has pledged to investigate a possible error that causing ex-Peace Corps employees to be incorrectly charged a higher retirement contribution on each paycheck. Peace Corps work as of December 31, 2012 should serve as an exemption to the mandated higher retirement contributions.
July 30, 2015: Local 1998 began a nationwide petition, addressed to Secretary of State Kerry, objecting to the Agency’s decision to ban cell phones in Agency work space.
July 24, 2015: A Union bargaining team led by Secretary-Treasurer Amanda Booher concluded bargaining with Management today. The agreement concerned 7 FAM Appendix C, dictating the rules by which name changes are adjudicated.
July 22, 2015: Following an Unfair Labor Practice charge, the Agency agreed to settle the case rather than dispute its violation at hearing. Giving rise to the dispute was Connecticut Management’s threats against Senior Steward Robert Speed for his informing his co-workers at a meeting of the Union’s position that the Acquisition Review Panel implementation […]
July 6, 2015: Passport Management implemented its second suspension without pay in recent weeks of a Passport Specialist at CPC. In both cases, the employees were making their best effort to correctly adjudicate passport applications, but were charged with failure to follow instructions.
June 25, 2015: Local Officers Andrew Woodford and George Vrotsos assisted an employee whom the Agency proposed to downgrade. Following responses from the Union and employee, the Agency decided not to go forward with the demotion.
June 11, 2015: Union and Management came to agreement on details, most notably on translation of foreign documents, in relation to the Agency’s changes to 7 FAM 1350, concerning the adjudication of passport applications for minors.
On Tuesday, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, chaired by Representative Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, conducted a legislative markup hearing that had a slew of disastrous bills forced through by the GOP-led majority on the committee. While numerous pieces of legislation considered by the committee on Tuesday are cause for concern, one bill in particular […]
Congress passed a government funding bill for 2016, eliminating the possibility of a government shutdown in 2015, and a 1.3 percent pay adjustment goes into effect for federal employees on Jan. 1. Heading into the year-end appropriations discussions, federal employees had reason for concern with House Speaker Paul Ryan at the head of the negotiations. […]