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FEA To File Association Grievance Over Furloughsposted June 12, 2013
FEA will be filing an Association Grievance to cover all FEA bargaining unit members in the DoDDS schools over the furlough. Please be assured that FEA continues to oppose the proposed furlough, as we believe that it violates the Negotiated Agreement and applicable laws and regulations -- and, even worse, it will negatively impact student learning. FEA will continue our efforts to stop the furlough through all available means.
As you recall, when the proposed DoDEA furlough notice letters were sent out, FEA provided a draft for FEA bargaining unit members in the DoDDS schools to use in responding to these letters. Subsequently, some FEA bargaining unit members in the DoDDS schools have received a memorandum from DoDEA management purporting to be the final decision, stating that the proposed furlough would be implemented.
The memorandum from DoDEA management informs FEA bargaining unit members in the DoDDS schools that they may file an appeal of this final decision with the Merit Service Protection Board (MSPB) or they can file a grievance under the negotiated grievance procedures. FEA discourages bargaining unit members from pursuing an appeal with the MSPB, as the Association Grievance that we are filing will cover all bargaining unit members in DoDDS. Furthermore, due to the Association Grievance, FEA will not be able to provide legal or other assistance with any MSPB appeal for any bargaining unit member.
Respond to Furlough Notices Using FEA's Letter
From the May 21, 2013 FEA President's Report
FURLOUGH NOTIFICATIONS. DoDEA has begun to serve nine-month employees with furlough notices. By law, bargaining unit members have 20 calendar days to respond to the notices. FEA has posted a form for DODDS employees to complete and return to their deciding official upon receipt of the furlough notification. That response form can be found at this page. We advise ALL DODDS bargaining unit members to complete this response form and return it to their deciding official within the 20-calendar-day window. DDESS bargaining unit members who receive furlough notices are advised to contact their Local Association President on how to proceed.
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