Why does this matter? That’s probably a given, but it’s heartening to see both Management and the Union agreeing that employees should be identified by how they want to be identified.
What can you do? You can probably guess that this wasn’t a part of the Collective Bargaining Agreement back in the 80s. Want to ensure protections exist for all employees? Consider joining the CBA Union Negotiations Team!
What’s tracked? It’s interesting to learn what can and cannot be shared with Union leaders. The Union is not privy to agency demographic data on race and ethnicity, gender, and age.
Why is this concerning? It’s a matter of transparency and one we hope Peace Corps may consider offering again. “Again”, you ask? Not too long ago, we had a diversity dashboard to track Peace Corps’ success in recruiting Volunteers and staff from diverse backgrounds. Staff shortages placed the dashboard project on hold.
What this means: It’s always a good idea to become familiar with your Employee Personal Page (EPP) to make sure the data is reflected accurately, including information related to how you identify.
The impact: While you’re visiting your EPP, make sure dates and leave categories are accurately captured as well. This can impact your retirement and leave balances.
If you need a car for your next trip (maybe something you have planned for the summer) your AFSCME (or Union) card, can save you money at six car rental companies.