Pursuant to the policy set forth by Title VII of the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 (5 U.S.C. Chapter 71) governing Federal Labor‑Management Relations and applicable subsequent executive orders, the following articles of this basic agreement, together with any and all supplemental agreements and/or amendments which may be subsequently agreed to, constitute the total agreement between Passport Services, Bureau of Consular Affairs, United States Department of State, (hereinafter called the EMPLOYER), and the National Federation of Federal Employees, Local 1998, Federal District 1, International Machinists and Aerospace Workers, AFL-CIO, (hereinafter called the UNION), for the employees in the unit described in Article 2, below (hereinafter called the EMPLOYEES). The Employer and the Union are collectively referred to as the PARTIES.
This agreement is entered into pursuant to the Certificate of Representation, dated September 10, 1985, in Federal Labor Relations Authority Case No. 3‑UC‑50003.
The Employer has determined that the mission of the Employer is to adjudicate a passport applicant’s citizenship and nationality status and to issue U.S. passports to U.S. citizens and nationals.
The Parties agree to fulfill the mission by maintaining and enhancing the integrity of the U.S. passport and the passport issuance process, and by providing prompt, efficient, and courteous service to our customers.
The Parties agree that the statutory protection of the right of employees to organize, bargain collectively, and participate through labor organizations of their own choosing in decisions which affect them:
a. safeguards the public interest;
b. contributes to the effective conduct of public business, and
c. facilitates and encourages the amicable settlement of disputes between the Employer and the Union involving conditions of employment.
The Parties further agree that the public interest demands the highest standards of employee performance and the continued development and implementation of modern and progressive work practices to facilitate and improve employee performance and the efficient accomplishment of the operations of the Government. Therefore, labor organizations and collective bargaining in the Civil Service are in the public interest. The Parties also agree that this contract should be interpreted and administered in a manner consistent with the requirement of an effective and efficient Government.
The Union agrees to cooperate with the Employer in introducing personnel practices and technology which will improve productivity and service to the public.
The Parties hereby affirm their commitment to build a positive and cooperative bilateral relationship to jointly achieve the mission. The Parties are committed to the collective bargaining and partnership process to achieve the effective conduct of the public business and employee well being.
The Parties to this Agreement, intending to be bound hereby, agree as follows: