”Regardless of telework programs or alternative work schedules, employees are expected to physically register at work and official service at least three days a week,” the new collective agreement states. ”Maxi-flex planned days off, compressed days off and regular telework days count for this requirement as a day outside the official site. Every leave, every day of paid leave (for example. B annual leave, sickness, credit hours, etc.) or official travel is not considered a day aaway from the official site for the purpose of this requirement. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and a large workers` union signed an agreement Thursday after years of litigation. EPO staff must also maintain a ”fully successful” or superior performance assessment to meet their telework agreements. Perhaps especially for EPO staff, the new collective agreement allows workers to telework up to two days a week – an improvement over the one-week one-day limit that the Agency unilaterally implemented last summer. Asked about the additional flexibilities offered by the Agency at the negotiating table, EPO spokesman James Hewitt told the Federal News Network: ”The Agency`s offer to increase the flexibility of telework during negotiations in exchange for the AFGE Official Time Agreement and the Negotiation Policy Appeal Procedure is well documented.” The collective agreement provides that employees can have up to two days of telework per week, allowing the union to use the conference rooms without the agency`s permission, and the agency requires individual protective equipment and indoor air quality tests. Over the past year, CEPOL has attempted to implement a new contract for its workers without union agreement. July 31, 2020 COVID-19 Update An updated letter of reflection on temporary layoffs was obtained between the City of Edmonton (the ”City”) and the Canadian Union of Local Employees 30; Civic Services Union 52; International Brotherhood of Electrified Workers 1007; Edmonton Fire Fighters Union; Amalgamated Transit Union Local 569 and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 569, DATS Unit (together the ”Unions”).
CUPE 30`s approval is provisional and subject to internal review and approval, which will be completed on August 5. The March 2020 redeployment letter has expired and has not been verified due to the slowdown in redeployment requirements. The city and the unions agreed that the terms of employment of new employees would not change. No representative of the EPO union may devote 100% of their working time to the official time, in accordance with the agreement. The official use of time throughout the bargaining unit is limited to 7,400 hours per year – one hour per unit member. According to the opM`s latest report on the subject, EPO union representatives spent more than 58,274 hours in 2016 for the official time. Negotiations on the new MCBA date back to 2010, including years of back-and-forth, failed ratifications, refusals to negotiate, accusations of unfair labour practices, settlement agreements and a pandemic. Last summer, the EPA unilaterally imposed a new contract on workers without the union`s approval. The original document contained the reduction of telework and official time, as well as restrictions on the union`s use of government and office property.
The agreement requires staff to telework from their local suburbs. It also confirms telework as part of the EPA Operating Plan (COOP) and describes positions that simply cannot do remote work, including those that require access to classified information, have personal interactions with their superiors and members of the public, or must be physically present in a laboratory or test site. AFGE, however, described the agreement as a ”great contractual victory”, during which the union saw improvements to 13 items over the impo contract