Press Release

GAO Union and Management Reach First Master Collective Bargaining Agreement

Washington, DC — (November 10, 2010) - Tentative agreement on the first Master Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) has been reached between the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the GAO Employees Organization, IFPTE Local 1921, the union at GAO.

“The negotiation of a first CBA is a major undertaking that comprehensively covers conditions of employment for union members for at least 4 years to come. GAO and the union concluded this CBA using interest-based negotiations in less than one year. Achievement of such an agreement in such a relatively short amount of time is testament to the commitment of GAO and the union to the mission of the agency and well-being of employees. It also demonstrates the constructive relationship both sides have worked hard to develop,” said Acting Comptroller General Gene Dodaro.

Union President Ronald La Due Lake said, “This is an excellent agreement that demonstrates that employees are valued and now have a seat at the table in a meaningful way. This contract emphasizes a commitment to work life balance, diversity, and flexibilities in the workplace while honoring the agency’s important work. Through the intense and collaborative process, employees engaged in discussions on important topics with managers from the mission side of the agency. Employees and managers listened to each other and our relationship is improved as a result. We are pleased with the focus and discipline both parties brought to the table.”

The agreement, which took 10 months of negotiations, will go into effect once it is ratified by the union membership and is legally reviewed by the agency. A ratification vote is expected to be concluded by early next year. The agreement covers approximately 2,000 analysts and specialists employed by GAO and represented by the GAO Employees Organization, IFPTE (International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers), Local 1921.

For more information, contact Chuck Young, Managing Director of GAO’s Office of Public Affairs, at (202) 512-4800, or Ronald La Due Lake, the union president, at (202) 512-2760.


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