normally:

--attempt to resolve labor-management relations issues by other than    face-to-face communications;

--attempt to combine issues which may be subject to meetings and/or    negotiations.

No undue delay should result from these efforts nor will either party be    compromised in the exercise of their rights by such efforts.

G. It is understood that Union representatives who travel to conduct negotiations will be empowered with sufficient authority to bind the Council/Local. It is further understood that any management representative who negotiates with these representative(s) shall also be empowered with sufficient authority to bind the component.

H. The Union agrees to make reasonable efforts to use an available onsite representative to process grievances in Steps 1 and 2 of the grievance procedure.

I.  Unless otherwise arranged, Union representatives for Field Assessment installations will be required to request and arrange with appropriate management officials in advance of their usage of official time by using form SSA-75.  If an exigency of business would not permit the Union representative to use the official time when requested, another occasion will be determined, keeping in mind the interests of the Union and employees as well as the needs of the Employer.  Should the management official determine to record the usage for time and attendance purposes, a copy of the record will be given to the Union representative.


Appendix E

Data Operations Centers


Section 1


A.  To ensure that employees have reasonable access to Union representatives, the parties agree that there will be one Chief Steward designated by the Union and recognized by the Administration per installation and full shift, and one Steward designated by the Union and recognized by the Administration for each two hundred unit employees.

B.  The parties recognize that there are relationships that are well established and that have been mutually acceptable to the parties.  The parties further