Review part of Napolitano’s priorities for department
We talk with Southers about the nomination process, where he believes his nomination went wrong, and his view of what the next nominee might face.
As the Administrator for the Transportation Security Administration, John S. Pistole begins his tenure with the agency, he talks with Federal News Radio about his top goals, priorities and issues including collective bargaining and body scanners.
We get insider’s views from NTEU’s Colleen Kelley and AFGE’s John Gage
GAO reaches first contract with employee union
The national council released a memo Wednesday to help agency managers work with employee unions. The guidance highlights the importance of, and confusion around, pre-decisional discussions. The council expects more progress over the next year from labor-management councils with individual bargaining units.
Administrator said it will help employee morale and will not negatively impact security. Lawmakers wanted assurances that if employees would go on strike, Pistole would fire them.
Several federal employee unions will join a new group to raise awareness about the federal workforce. The National Treasury Employee Union also is holding its annual legislative conference to lobby lawmakers on key issues such as furloughs and health care.
TSA released a determination on collective bargaining on Aug. 25, which changed some of the rules between the agency and the union. AFGE and TSA are currently involved in extended contract negotiations after TSA employees voted down the agreement reached in late 2015.
Jeff Neal, former chief human capital officer at DHS, ponders how the new administration will handle federal employee unions.