NTEU and CBP negotiated last week on the following three issues on behalf of the Import Specialists and National Account Managers that are permanently assigned to the Centers of Excellence and Expertise: award procedures, bid rotation and placement between Center divisions, and the movement of employees between the Centers.
NTEU and CBP completed a three-day bargaining session last week over three issues related to the Import Specialists and the National Account Managers who are now permanently assigned to the Centers of Excellence and Expertise (Centers). The parties were joined by a mediator from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service while they negotiated over three issues: awards and Joint Awards Committees (JACs); bid, rotation and placement (BRP) within a Center; and the movement of employees between the Centers.
On awards, the main issue is CBP’s resistance to in-person JAC meetings and NTEU’s proposal that each award share have the same value regardless of the Center where the employee works. On BRP, CBP has accepted the concept that there will be a process to enable employees to move between the three divisions in a Center. The primary remaining issue is how many employees will be permitted to move between the three Center divisions. Regarding the interest of many Center employees to be able to move between Centers, at this point, CBP is insisting in most circumstances that there must first be a Center vacancy to enable an employee to work in a different Center.
As a general matter, NTEU is stressing that Center employees are entitled to the same negotiated benefits and protections that the uniformed workforce enjoys on both award procedures and BRP.