HHS Engaged in Bad Faith Bargaining With Union, Arbitrator Finds

Government Executive: An independent arbitrator found last week that the Health and Human Services Department engaged in bad faith bargaining with the National Treasury Employees Union when it rushed to impasse over a union contract last year.

Since last year, NTEU officials have accused management at HHS of engaging in “surface level bargaining,” checking the boxes required to reach the Federal Service Impasses Panel without making a real effort to engage with the union. The impasses panel is made up entirely of non-Senate confirmed Trump administration appointees.

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