Coverage and Recognition
Section 1. Recognition
a. Local 12, American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO, is
recognized as the sole and exclusive representative of employees in the
bargaining unit as defined in Section 3 of this Article.
b. As the sole and exclusive representative, the Union is entitled to act for and
to negotiate agreements covering all employees in the bargaining unit. It is
responsible for representing the interests of all employees in the bargaining
unit without discrimination.
c. The Union shall be given the opportunity to be present at any formal
discussion between Management and employees in the bargaining unit
concerning any grievance, or any personnel policy or practice, or other
general condition of employment of the employees in the bargaining unit.
d. The Department has the obligation to meet and discuss matters of concern
to the Union.
Section 2. Contravention
The Department agrees that in regard to the bargaining unit, it will not enter into
any other agreement, understanding, or contract with any other organization,
association, or union that shall contravene or violate this Agreement except as
required by law.
Section 3. Coverage
The bargaining unit to which this Agreement is applicable consists of all employees
in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, except employees excluded under
Section 4 of this Article.
Section 4. Exclusions from Coverage
The following employees are excluded from the bargaining unit covered by this
a. All management officials;
b. All supervisors;
c. Employees who act in a confidential capacity with respect to an individual
who formulates or effectuates management policies in the field of labormanagement
d. Employees engaged in personnel work in other than a purely clerical
e. Employees primarily engaged in investigation or audit functions relating to
the work of bargaining unit employees whose duties directly affect the
internal security of the Department but only if the functions are undertaken
to ensure that the duties are discharged honestly and with integrity;
f. Employees who are engaged in administering any provision of law relating
to labor-management relations;
g. All "Schedule C" and Senior Executive Service employees;
h. Employees in Regional/Field duty stations in the Washington, D.C.
metropolitan area of the Employee Benefits Security Administration and the
Office of Labor-Management Standards; and
i. Employees on an initial temporary appointment of less than one year’s
duration, or employees on successive temporary appointments totaling a
year or more performing generally different duties and/or working in
different DOL agencies.
Section 5. Definition
Hereinafter, throughout this Agreement, the term "employee(s)" is synonymous
with the term "bargaining unit employee(s)," unless specified otherwise.
Section 6. Disputes over Unit Coverage
a. When the bargaining unit status of a position changes, the Agency Vice
President/Chief Steward for the affected Agency will be notified of the
change prior to implementation.
b. If requested by the Agency Vice President/Chief Steward, the Agency will
discuss the change in the bargaining unit status of the position in question
prior to effectuating the change.