Union Rights and Responsibilities
A. In all matters relating to personnel policies, practices and other conditions of employment, the parties will have due regard for the obligations imposed by 5 U.S.C. 71 and this agreement.
B. The Administration shall not restrain, interfere with, or coerce representatives of the Union in the exercise of their rights under 5 U.S.C. 71 and this agreement.
Section 2--Notification to Employees of Exclusive Representation
The Union will provide a general notice to employees of the exclusive recognition granted to the Union, together with a list of Union-designated representatives and their work locations and telephone numbers to be posted on Union bulletin boards. Where the Union has had access to the boards in the past, the Union will post the notice. Where the Union does not have access or there is no onsite representative, the Administration will post it.
Section 3--Communications with Bargaining Unit Employees
A. Consistent with 5 U.S.C. 71, the Employer will not communicate directly with employees regarding conditions of employment in a manner with will improperly bypass the Union under law.
B. The Administration will provide the Union with reasonable advance written notice of written personnel surveys concerning conditions of employment that involve bargaining unit employees when such surveys are initiated at the SSA national level; the national component level; the regional level; or by OHA Headquarters or an individual DOC or PSC. The Administration will also provide the Union with an advance written copy of survey results as soon as possible.
This section is not intended to terminate any Union involvement in such surveys that may exist in accordance with past practice or 5 U.S.C. 71. It is further understood that employee surveys will conform to the requirements of 5 U.S.C. 71.