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WASHINGTON – Just as eligible NCUA employees are working up to their union vote June 30, another union is winding down. After just 18 months, the bargaining unit at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency has filed a petition with the Federal Labor Relations Authority to decertify from the National Treasury Employees Union. The only thing OCC Spokesperson Kevin Mukri would say for the record was, “We have been notified that a petition has been filed with the FLRA to decertify and the FLRA is going through with the authorization process.” The FLRA has to verify the signatures on the petition are from employees eligible for the bargaining unit and ensure it includes at least 30% of the eligible employees before a final vote can be held. NTEU President Colleen Kelley said she has not been informed by the OCC employees have decided to try to decertify. “They are not talking directly to us. I wish they would. It would put more fact around what is based on fiction,” she said. She stressed that the union has been working hard to negotiate a term agreement covering a wide variety of issues from expanding the right to telecommute to allowing more to work four 10-hour days as opposed to the regular five eight-hour days, how work is assigned, work that will help with advancement, and the privacy of personal employee information. And, of the eligible employees, about 40% are signed on as members right now, which she characterized as a “strong” number and would likely continue to grow if they remain with NTEU. The original vote to form the union was fairly close with 839 voting in favor of the union and 721 against out of just under 2,000 total eligible employees. Kelley, who has been with NTEU since the mid-70s, said she does not recall a group ever decertifying from NTEU before. A FLRA spokesperson had not returned voicemail messages as of deadline. [email protected]

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