What does that mean? It’s easy to get lost in the legalese jargon, but this means that if you discover your supervisor has given you instructions that are in conflict with your CBA rights, your supervisor will need to amend their instructions. The CBA supersedes any conflicting instructions from your supervisor or the Agency.
What can you do? Become familiar with the CBA, and if you don’t have time for that, at least familiarize yourself with the article titles so you know what’s covered. But not all titles are an accurate summary of the agreements listed. This particular important piece of info can be found in Article 5: Rules and Regulations.
Why is this important? Again, the CBA hasn’t been updated in over 40 years, and, as the previous update notes, not all titles are representative of what’s included in the article. And sometimes, those agreements belong in a different article all together.
What’s next: As with every part of the negotiations, both parties--the Union and Management-- must agree if an item will be moved and under which article it will be housed. Sounds obvious and simple, but both sides need to be diligent that the item is moved and not dropped.
On Tuesday, June 20, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET, stop by the Union table at the Agency Resource Fair! This is an in-person event at our HQ Office and a great opportunity to meet your Union reps. Come with your questions and leave with some swag! A video will be shared after the event for those unable to join in person.
Do you know a co-worker who goes the extra step in their work to help and serve others? Nominate them for AFSCME’s Never Quit Service Award! AFSCME believes that every person working to sustain their community deserves respect.
AFSCME members negotiate for better pay and benefits because fighting for every member’s future is a form of respect. Read more about the award at the link above.