Article 3

Employee Rights

Section 1--Right to Unionism

Each employee shall have the right to join or assist the Union, or to refrain from such activity, freely and without fear of penalty or reprisal, and each employee shall be protected in the exercise of such right.  Except as otherwise provided under law, such right includes the right:

-to act for a labor organization in the capacity of a representative, and the right, in that capacity, to present the views of the labor organization to heads of agencies and other officials of the executive branch of the Government, the Congress, or other appropriate authorities; and

-to engage in collective bargaining with respect to conditions of    employment through representatives.

Section 2--Personal Rights

A. All employees shall be treated fairly and equitably in all aspects of personnel management, without regard to political affiliation, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, age or disabling condition, and with proper regard and protection of their privacy and constitutional rights.

The parties agree that in the interest of maintaining a congenial work environment, both supervisors and employees will deal with each other in a professional manner and with courtesy, dignity, and respect.

B. The Employer agrees to annually inform all employees of their rights under 5 U.S.C. 7114(a)(2)(B) by posting on the official bulletin boards.  During his/her initial orientation, each employee will be provided with a copy of Weingarten rights in the orientation package.

C. SSA will make every reasonable effort to continue existing arrangements/accommodations for the secure storage of appropriate personal belongings.  Any search of these accommodations must be done in compliance with applicable instructions per SSA Personnel Manual for Supervisors, S-297, subchapter 2.  When new furniture is installed, the furniture will contain lockable, secure space for the storage of personal belongings.

1.. SSA will make every reasonable effort to conduct discussions between supervisors and employees, other than run-of-the-mill work