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GSA Signs Labor Agreement with American Federation of Government Employees

GSA # 10414

October 22, 2007        
Contact: Steve Hoffman, (202) 501-1231    
steven.hoffman@gsa.gov                                                                                              

WASHINGTON – The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) signed a new three-year labor agreement today that will cover the 3,500 GSA employees who are AFGE members.

“I want to extend my sincere thanks for a job well done,” Administrator Lurita Doan said at a signing ceremony. “Both sides will benefit from this fair and forward-looking contract.”

Also present for the signing ceremony were AFGE President John Gage, GSA Chief Human Capital Officer Gail T. Lovelace, and members of the GSA and AFGE negotiating teams.

The GSA negotiation team was led by Director of Labor Relations Art Valero, Deputy Regional Administrator George Prochaska of GSA's Greater Southwest Region and other representatives from the Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer, the Office of the General Counsel and GSA's New York, Kansas City and San Francisco regional offices. 

The contract includes new language on performance awards for eligible employees, clarification of the grievance and arbitration processes, ethics training and a point of contact for employees as well as computer-based management training on the new labor agreement.

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