May 05, 1999
IRS and NTEU Reach
Important Modernization Milestone
WASHINGTON - The Internal Revenue Service and the National
Treasury Employees Union today announced an agreement that will establish guiding
principles to further the reorganization efforts of the IRS. "This labor-management
agreement represents yet another important step forward that were taking as partners
in the modernization of the IRS," said Commissioner Charles O. Rossotti. "It
clearly demonstrates the real progress were making together."
NTEU President Bob Tobias called the agreement "a very positive step in the
process to establish the new IRS. I believe we have achieved our goals of providing
certainty, stability and clear expectations in a changing work environment. It provides
the important basis for moving to the next phase of the reorganization." The
agreement came after weeks of interest-based negotiations, but without any need for
arbitration. It builds on an existing labor-management contract and breaks new ground with
several concepts and approaches for a wide variety of Management and Union interests.
Among the key issues jointly identified by the NTEU and Management are:
- The creation of a basic framework and schedule on how each division will be established
- A commitment to provide adequate training for all employees impacted by the new
- A commitment to devote no less than two percent of the annual base training budget to
fund training and career development activities for those employees who want to take
advantage of the new career opportunities.
The establishment of expedited processes for bargaining and dispute resolution.
"The agreement takes into account many different needs and interests--and a lot of
common goals too, such as giving our employees the skills, training and knowledge they
need to get the job done and to reach their full potential," Rossotti said.
Tobias stressed that the agreement is just the beginning of the bargaining process NTEU
will go through with the IRS as the reorganization proceeds. A number of joint activities
are planned to provide IRS employees with additional detail and guidance. The
implementation of the final design plans will occur over the next few years.
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