Section 1. General
Technology is dramatically impacting work processes throughout business and
Government nationwide. While innovations in technology are occurring so rapidly
it is impossible to anticipate them, the Department and the Union embrace the
opportunities created to improve work processes and employee skills.
To that end, the parties are committed to exploring ways to share information
about technology, while respecting each other’s statutory rights. That is,
Management maintains the right to determine the technology of the workplace and
the Union does not waive its statutory right to bargain in connection with the
impact on working conditions of bargaining unit employees resulting from changes
in technology. The Union’s right to bargain and Management’s obligation to
bargain are consistent with the Federal Labor-Management Relations Statute.
Section 2. Training on Technology
As the Department introduces technology, appropriate training (e.g., on-line
instruction, desk-aids, Help lines, mentors, and/or classroom sessions) will be
made available to employees affected by the introduction of new procedures and
technology. Additional training will be provided for employees who demonstrate
difficulty. If individual employees cannot adjust to the changes caused by the
introduction of technology or if the introduction results in the abolishment of some
positions and the establishment of others, the Department, consistent with
applicable regulations, will make every effort to utilize the skills and abilities of
those employees adversely affected by the changes.