The new union agreement provides for the USDA to immediately review requests for appropriate action and approve them within 20 to 30 days. In addition, ERS and NIFA agreed to provide temporary accommodation for up to 60 days to employees who agreed to a USDA move. Workers can request a further 60-day extension, in accordance with union agreements. In an effort to marginalize the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 1106, the USDA announced that a new contract would take effect July 20. Although the department calls it a CBA, it is not an agreement, but a unilateral contract. In a letter from the agency`s general counsel, Stephen Vaden, the department says the union does not want to agree on a succession contract, so they have no choice but to implement the new CBA. “It is clear that the EU does not intend to ratify a succession agreement, whatever its conditions; whether they are imposed by the body or obtained by the parties through the continuation of negotiations. Both the department and the union began negotiations on offshoring the USDA about a month after Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced Kansas City as the new site for erS and NIFA headquarters. The American Federation of Government Employees, which represents ERS and NIFA employees, announced Friday night that it has reached an agreement with USDA leaders. The real objective of this approach is to further weaken the unions at the federal level.
By unilaterally implementing a treaty, Trump deprives a union of the main power, the right to negotiate. This is an unprecedented step. Todd Dickey, an assistant professor of public administration and international affairs at Syracuse University`s Maxwell School, said he has never seen a federal agency unilaterally attempt to introduce a new contract for its staff. Trump is visibly trying to see how far he can advance his executive power before the courts stop him. If they don`t, it could mean the end of collective bargaining for federal employees. Vaden also claims that the union has rejected two contract proposals since Trump`s acquisition, one in 2018 and the other just a week ago. 10,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) workers are forced to work under a “collective agreement” (CBA) imposed on them by the Trump administration. . . .