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Federal Employees News Digest : Oct. 22, 2012
October 22, 2012 Vol. 62, No. 15 5 Visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com The Federal Register filing is at: www. mspb.gov/netsearch/viewdocs.aspx?docnumbe r=763030&version=765892&application=AC ROBAT. Unsettled issues remain from tSA contract talks The American Federation of Government Employees said that its mediated talks with the Transportation Security Administration have failed to clear away outstanding issues remaining from the negotiations that on Aug. 2 produced the agency's first labor contract with its transportation security officers. The talks, at which the two parties attempted to settle leftover issues ranging from bidding process details to parking, ended Oct. 11. The collective bargaining agreement the two parties agreed upon this summer cur- rently is out for a ratification vote by TSA employees. Voting is scheduled to close by Nov. 2. The union said the vote count would be completed by Nov. 9. Now that the mediated talks have failed, negotiation rules give AFGE the right to submit some or all of the unresolved issues to an arbitration panel that has the power to make a final binding ruling on how they will be addressed. "AFGE will continue to advocate on behalf of all TSA workers for a strong first contract," said AFGE National President J. David Cox. "While these issues remain to be resolved, the agreement terms that already have been negotiated represent a huge step forward." To see more, go to: http://tsa.afge.org/. USPS sends out offer letters The U.S. Postal Service has begun send- ing eligible American Postal Workers Union-represented employees letters offer- ing incentives for regular or voluntary early retirement. To qualify, employees must meet certain age and length-of-service requirements. Those who do not qualify could resign and then file the appropriate forms in order to receive the incentive, according to APWU. More information regarding the offer is available at: http://apwu.org/ news/webart/2012/12-124-incentivelet- ters-121010.htm. Most feds accrue extra pay period of leave Most federal workers will earn an addi- tional pay period's worth of leave during the course of the 2012 leave year, which runs Jan. 1, 2012 to Jan. 12, 2013. The reminder came in a memo to chief human capital officers from the Office of Personnel Management's Angela Bailey, associate director of employee services. While leave accrual is determined by the number of pay periods---27 leave pay periods for most employees---the memo Optimizing FEHB Health Insurance and Medicare New Guide -- Order Now! WWW.FEDERALDAILY.COM/CATALOG • 800.989.3363 continued on page 8 continued from page 4
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