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Passport Day Set for September 13th
Members of the public in Atlanta and Minnesota needing passports can apply (with no appointment needed) on Saturday, September 13, 2014. Detroit's Passport Day will be one week earlier, September 6th.
Local Implements Sign-up Bonus for New Members
August 1, 2014: Local 1998 is ramping up its membership efforts. The Local will offer free Union polo shirts to the first 20 new members to join during the month of August.
Settlement Reached on Foreign Affairs Manual Update
July 23 2014: Labor and Management reached agreement on a plan to provide NFFE 1998 an opportunity to bargain over revisions to the S.O.P. concerning two-parent consent procedures.
Grievance Filed Regarding Invalid Production Quota
July 23 2014: Los Angeles Senior Steward Lynette Frowner grieved statements that employees would be poorly rated if they did not achieve the Agency's Applicant Response quota. The A/R quota has yet to prove workable nearly three years after being announced.
Manager Behavior Challenged in Detroit
July 23 2014: NFFE 1998 filed a step 2 grievance over inappropriate treatment of an employee at the Detroit Passport Agency. Edit: this employee soon became one of several Detroit employees to accept jobs elsewhere.
Agency Commits to Provide Information
July 10 2014: An Unfair Labor Practice charge made against the Connecticut Passport Agency for failing to provide complete information was resolved by a signed settlement.
Agency Acknowledges Its Adjudication Violations
July 10 2014: Per the instructions in the June 17 FLRA decision, Passport Services sent out acknowledgements at most offices that it had violated the Labor-Management Relations Statute.
Arbitrator Issues Split Decision on Employee Breaks
July 2, 2014: An arbitrator ordered that Passport Services take steps to prevent further instances of employees receiving less than their full two 15-minute daily breaks. The decision agreed with the Union that the issue of how breaks from the public counter are accounted for represented a continuing violation, but sided with Management in determining that Detroit employees had not suffered significant harm to date.
Chicago Management Restores Lunch Arrangement
June 19, 2014: After suddenly ending a long-standing local scheduling practice, the Chicago Passport Agency restored the lunch arrangement. Local 1998 had filed a ULP, charging that the Agency was forcing through its scheduling preferences while in the midst of bargaining the same topic.
New York Finalizes Deal on Schedules
June 18, 2014: Union and Management teams at the New York Passport Agency completed the first negotiated office schedules policy. The agreement includes unique provisions not seen at other offices.
Judge Rules For Union on Adjudication Changes
June 17, 2014: An FLRA Judge ruled that the Agency violated the Statute when it implemented significant changes to the adjudication requirements without first bargaining with the Union. The Judge rejected the Agency's arguments that the Union negotiated away its right to bargaining under the wording of the collective bargaining agreement.
Motives Questioned in Supervisor Incident Investigation
June 16, 2014: Local 1998 filed a step 2 grievance today concerning a New Orleans manager's suspect objectivity and belittling behavior towards employees in investigating the violent tirade of a fellow supervisor.
Bargaining on New Contract Continues at CPC
May 6, 2014: For the first time in 2014, Union and Management negotiators met in Charleston, SC to continue working towards completion of a new collective bargaining agreement.
Applicant Response Standard Confirmed Not In Effect
May 6, 2014: The Agency confirmed in writing that the Applicant Response and Counter Inspection production quotas are suspended thus far in 2014 and will not be applied retroactively at whatever point they are once again measurable.
Local Opposes Mandatory Security Clearance Changes
May 5, 2014: Union and Management met in a mediation session over security clearances. The two sides were unable to agree on the procedures with which Management would implement the new security clearance requirements. Further information on the issue is available here.
Union Still Puzzled on Measurability
May 1, 2014: Union President Arnold received a call from the Management Labor Relations office in which it was relayed that Applicant Response and Counter Inspection are presently not measurable. Arnold asked if the information could be confirmed by the agency in an email.
Union Puzzled on Applicant Response Measurability
April 29, 2014: Management forwarded Local 1998 portions of a document, citing it as a reference on current measurability of the Applicant Response production quota. The Union asked if the document was from 2013 and thus referred to the 2013 rating period. Not hearing back, Union added the question to an agenda for a teleconference with Management set for May 1st. Management cancelled the teleconference.
Local 1998 Reps Complete Nationwide Training Session
April 3, 2014: Dozens of Union officers from across the nation attended a weeklong training session in Placid Harbor, Maryland. The rare chance to meet face-to-face allowed the group to set negotiation priorities for the bargaining unit.