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AFGE, SSA Finally Reach Conceptual Accord

March 5, 2012

The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) have reached a four-year conceptual agreement, 27 months after talks began, as regards the new national labor contract, reports said.

The two agencies have been doing the negotiations since December 2009, two weeks per month. John Gage, AFGE National President, have said that they have gone a long battle and that they are grateful for “winning improvements in benefits and working conditions for the employees” of the SSA.

Meanwhile, AFGE Lead Negotiator Witold Skwierczynski said that the improvements will mainly affect the employees’ travel benefits, eye care, and rights in the workplace. The new policies will also allow the union to have wider capability to represent employees in meetings with the management of the SSA.

Reports further stated that the agreement’s language says that SSA will not tolerate bullying from managers. However, the language must still be finalized by AFGE and SSA, and will be sent eventually to AFGE locals for confirmation.

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