“Regardless of the telework plan or alternative work schedule, employees are expected to physically report to the construction site and the official service at least three days a week,” the new collective agreement states. “Scheduled maxi-flex leave days, compressed leave days and regular telework days count for the purposes of this requirement as a day outside the official construction site. Any leave, every day in paid leave (for example. B annual hours, sickness, credit, etc.) or official travel is not considered a day away from the official yard for the purposes of this requirement. “Afge, however, stated that the Agency had not proposed to extend telework during its negotiations. The union filed accusations of unfair labour practices following the Agency`s comments, which AFGE described as false. No EPO trade union representative may devote 100% of his working time to his or her official time, in accordance with the collective agreement. The official use of time throughout the bargaining unit is limited to 7,400 hours per year – one hour per member of the unit. According to the opM`s latest report on this subject, EPO trade union representatives spent more than 58,274 hours in 2016 with official time. Asked about the additional flexibilities the Agency had offered in the workplace at the negotiating table, EPO spokesman James Hewitt said in a statement to the Federal News Network: “The Agency`s offer to increase telework during negotiations in exchange for AFGE`s agreement on official time and negotiated complaint procedure is very well documented.” However, AFGE described the deal as a “big contractual victory,” during which the union saw improvements to 13 items over the contract imposed unilaterally last year. EPO staff members must also maintain a “fully successful” or superior performance assessment in order to comply with their teleworking agreements.
Staff must, according to the agreement, perform teleworkers from their local commuter areas. It also confirms teleworking under the EPO`s Continuity Plan (COOP) and describes positions that are simply not eligible for remote work, including those that need access to classified information, must have personal interactions with their superiors and members of the public, or be physically present in a laboratory or testing centre. . . .