Collective Bargaining Agreement Negotiations Continue


Over the past few months, Chapter 293's Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) negotiating team has continued to work hard towards the goal of obtaining a new agreement with the SEC. During the multi-day negotiating sessions that have taken place at Headquarters in Washington each month this year, the progress has been slow but steady.

During the past few months, the parties have reached tentative agreements on several issues that will be important to employees. For example, the SEC has agreed to the inclusion of a new 4-10 work schedule in Article 7 (Work Schedules), which will afford employees the opportunity to work four ten-hour days each week, in addition to the established 5-4/9 and regular flexible schedule options that are already available. The agency also has agreed to a new section in Article 11 (Telework), which will permit employees to participate in recurring telework arrangements for three, four and, in some cases, five days per week (currently, the only options are one- and two-day arrangements). In addition, the SEC has agreed to leave the attire standards under Article 26 (Attire) unchanged, except that employees visiting a site outside the agency will be able to dress to whatever standard is in place at that external site.

All of these tentative agreements represent significant progress in the negotiations, but there are still important issues on other CBA articles that remain to be resolved. While the negotiations continue, the old contract (the terms of which may be reviewed on our website) will remain in force and effect.

Your Chapter 293 CBA negotiating team consists of Greg Gilman, Veronica Lewis, Katie Nix, Dean Suehiro, Netta Williams and NTEU negotiator Kevin Fagan.