Federal Manager's Daily Report

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All 47 Democrats in the Senate have joined to press the SSA to return to the bargaining table with several federal unions in talks the agency has declared at an impasse.

In a letter, the senators said the agency has not bargained in good faith with the AFGE, NTEU and IFPTE unions, which represent different segments of the agency workforce. They asked for information on issues including whether the White House or OMB provided direction or guidance on the positions that SSA negotiators took, and the justification for positions including that contracts with all three unions be for seven-year terms; imposing more restrictive policies on telework; and changes involving information requests from a union and grievance and unfair labor practice procedures.

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The letter said the agency “must abandon its insistence on retrograde anti-union and anti-worker policies.”