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Article 1 Coverage and Recognition
Updated On: Oct 29, 2013

Coverage and Recognition

Article 1

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

Agreement:

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

relations;

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d. Employees engaged in personnel work in other than a purely clerical

capacity;

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.


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