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  • June 17, 2016

    Master Agreement Between U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and American Federation of Government Employees - National Citizenship and Immigration Services Council

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  • USCIS – NCISC Master Agreement 2016

    Table of Contents PREAMBLE ....................................................................................................................................... 1

    ARTICLE 1 – RECOGNITION ......................................................................................................... 2

    ARTICLE 2 – GOVERNING LAWS & REGULATIONS ............................................................... 3

    ARTICLE 3 - EMPLOYEE RIGHTS ................................................................................................ 4

    ARTICLE 4 – MANAGEMENT RIGHTS ........................................................................................ 9

    ARTICLE 5 – UNION RIGHTS ...................................................................................................... 11

    ARTICLE 6 – STATUS OF UNION REPRESENTATIVES ......................................................... 13

    ARTICLE 7 – OFFICIAL TIME ..................................................................................................... 14

    ARTICLE 8 – UNION FACILITIES AND SERVICES ................................................................. 22

    ARTICLE 9 – IMPACT, IMPLEMENTATION, SUPPLEMENTAL & MID-TERM BARGAINING ................................................................................................................................. 26

    ARTICLE 10 – NATIONAL CONSULTATIONS AND LABOR-MANAGEMENT FORUMS .. 36

    ARTICLE 11 – SENIORITY ........................................................................................................... 38

    ARTICLE 12 – OFFICE MOVES ................................................................................................... 40

    ARTICLE 13 – GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE ................................................................................ 42

    ARTICLE 14 – ARBITRATION ..................................................................................................... 52

    ARTICLE 15 – DUES WITHHOLDING ........................................................................................ 60

    ARTICLE 16 – SERVICE OF NOTICE .......................................................................................... 65

    ARTICLE 17 – PROTECTING AGAINST PROHIBITED PERSONNEL PRACTICES ............. 67

    ARTICLE 18 – SAFETY AND HEALTH ...................................................................................... 72

    ARTICLE 19 – INJURY COMPENSATION .................................................................................. 76

    ARTICLE 20 – EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY ......................................................... 78

    ARTICLE 21 – EMPLOYEE WELLNESS AND EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM ....... 83

    ARTICLE 22 – ANNUAL LEAVE ................................................................................................. 85

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    ARTICLE 23 – SICK LEAVE ......................................................................................................... 88

    ARTICLE 24 – OTHER LEAVE CATEGORIES ........................................................................... 92

    ARTICLE 25 – TELEWORK .......................................................................................................... 99

    ARTICLE 26 – HOURS OF WORK ............................................................................................. 108

    ARTICLE 27 – OVERTIME AND COMPENSATORY TIME ................................................... 115

    ARTICLE 28 – DETAILS AND TEMPORARY DUTY STATIONS .......................................... 122

    ARTICLE 29 – STANDARDS OF DRESS AND APPEARANCE .............................................. 126

    ARTICLE 30 – OUTSIDE EMPLOYMENT AND ACTIVITIES ................................................ 127

    ARTICLE 31 – RETIREMENT ..................................................................................................... 128

    ARTICLE 32 – DEVELOPMENT AND TRAINING ................................................................... 130

    ARTICLE 33 – POSITION CLASSIFICATION AND POSITION DESCRIPTIONS ................ 133

    ARTICLE 34 – FITNESS FOR DUTY EXAMINATION ............................................................ 135

    ARTICLE 35 – LIMITED AND LIGHT DUTY ........................................................................... 136

    ARTICLE 36 – PERSONNEL RECORDS .................................................................................... 137

    ARTICLE 37 – PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM .................................................. 139

    ARTICLE 38 – CONTRACTING OUT ........................................................................................ 145

    ARTICLE 39 – HARDSHIP TRANSFERS ................................................................................... 146

    ARTICLE 40 – MERIT PROMOTION AND REASSIGNMENT FOR BARGAINING UNIT POSITIONS .................................................................................................................................... 149

    ARTICLE 41 – HOLIDAYS AND RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCES ............................................ 154

    ARTICLE 42 – COUNSELING FOR CONDUCT AND PERFORMANCE ............................... 157

    ARTICLE 43 – CAREER LADDER PROMOTIONS AND WITHIN-GRADE INCREASES ... 158

    ARTICLE 44 – ACTIONS BASED ON UNACCEPTABLE PERFORMANCE ......................... 160

    ARTICLE 45 – INVESTIGATIONS ............................................................................................. 163

    ARTICLE 46 – DISCIPLINARY AND ADVERSE ACTIONS BASED ON MISCONDUCT ... 168

    ARTICLE 47 – PROBATIONARY EMPLOYEES ...................................................................... 174

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    ARTICLE 48 – REDUCTION IN FORCE, TRANSFER OF FUNCTION, REORGANIZATION AND FURLOUGH ......................................................................................................................... 175

    ARTICLE 49 – EFFECTIVE DATE AND DURATION .............................................................. 179

  • USCIS – NCISC Master Agreement 2016

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    PREAMBLE This Agreement is entered into by and between the US Department of Homeland Security, Citizenship and Immigration Services (hereafter referred to as “the Agency”), and American Federation of Government Employees, National Citizenship and Immigration Council (hereafter referred to as “the Council”). Collectively they shall hereafter be referred to as “the Parties”. The Parties enter into this Master Agreement in the spirit of 5 USC 7101(a), which states:

    (a) The Congress finds that—

    (1) experience in both private and public employment indicates that the statutory protection of the right of employees to organize, bargain collectively, and participate through labor organizations of their own choosing in decisions which affect them—

    (A) safeguards the public interest

    (B) contributes to the effective conduct of public business, and

    (C) facilitates and encourages the amicable settlements of disputes between employees

    and their employers involving conditions of employment; and

    (2) the public interest demands the highest standards of employee performance and the continued development and implementation of modern and progressive work practices to facilitate and improve employee performance and the efficient accomplishment of the operations of the Government.

    Therefore, labor organizations and collective bargaining in the civil service are in the public interest. It is the purpose of this chapter to prescribe certain rights and obligations of the employees of the Federal Government and to establish procedures which are designed to meet the special requirements and needs of the Government. The provisions of this chapter should be interpreted in a manner consistent with the requirement of an effective and efficient Government. Pursuant to these principles, the parties have agreed upon the various articles hereinafter set forth. This Agreement constitutes a Collective Bargaining Agreement between the Agency and the Union.

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    ARTICLE 1 – RECOGNITION

    (a) Bargaining Unit. US Citizenship and Immigration Services (hereafter referred to as the “Agency”), recognizes the American Federation of Government Employees (“AFGE”) as the exclusive collective bargaining representative of all non-professional employees of the Agency. All professional employees, managers, supervisors, and those excluded from coverage by the Civil Service Reform Act, Federal Services Labor Management Relations Statute, 5 USC Chapter 71, are not subject to this agreement. This Agreement covers all employees in the bargaining unit certified by the Federal Labor Relations Authority (“FLRA”) in Case No. WA-RP-06-0008 for the purpose of collective bargaining.

    (b) The Age

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