2013 Collective Bargaining Interim Negotiations

OCC Management and NTEU each opened articles in the Collective Bargaining Agreement, dated December 6, 2013, for interim negotiations on August 18, 2015. Management opened:


NTEU opened:


At the conclusion of our negotiations on October 29, 2015, both parties failed to reach agreement on both of these articles. As you can note from the Pat Pointer message linked below, we did reach agreement on a number of items within Article 39. But we failed to reach agreement on merit increases and geo pay. Both articles were submitted for the deliberation of the Federal Services Impasse Panel.

Not long after referring Article 15, Management withdrew its Request for Assistance to the FSIP. As you can read from the updates below, NTEU filed an Unfair Labor Practice for negotiating in bad faith on Article 15. Management was proposing a decrease in the size of future field offices by 50% or more. Immediately following our Office Space negotiations, management announced the rollout of Examination Efficiencies, requiring bank examinations to be conducted mostly at the field offices and not at the banks. Management provided absolutely no pre-decisional involvement (PDI) or forewarning to NTEU about changes they were implementing that affect working conditions for examiners, which they are required to provide. Management has yet to approach NTEU about resuming negotiations on this article.

Below is a chronology of the updates provided during negotiations and since the negotiations concluded:

May 13, 2016 - Federal Service Impasses Panel (FSIP) decision on Compensation

April 27, 2016 - Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey and Bargaining Update

March 15, 2016 - Arbitrator Set to Rule on Bargaining Dispute

March 2, 2016 - NTEU Takes Bargaining Dispute to Impasses Panel

January 8, 2016 - Agency Update to Collective Bargaining Negotiations (System News)

December 16, 2015 - OCC Delays Hold Up Merit Payouts

November 12, 2015 - Updates on Pay, Office Space, Examination Efficiencies

October 5, 2015 - Updates on Pay, Office Space, Examination Efficiencies Implementation

September 15, 2015 - Updates on Pay, Office Space Negotiations

July 27, 2015 - Chapter Chatter - Management Puts the Squeeze On Employee Office Space, Pay