The DCMA Collective Bargaining Agreement 2019: What You Need to Know
The Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) is responsible for overseeing contracts between the Department of Defense and various contractors. As part of this responsibility, the DCMA negotiates collective bargaining agreements with labor unions that represent the agency`s employees. The most recent DCMA collective bargaining agreement, which took effect in 2019 and runs through 2021, includes a number of important provisions that affect both employees and contractors. Here are some key highlights:
Wages and Benefits: The new DCMA collective bargaining agreement provides for annual pay raises of 1.4%, with retroactive pay dating back to January 6, 2019. Additionally, employees will receive a retention and relocation incentive payment of up to $25,000 for accepting a position in a different geographic location. The agreement also includes provisions for paid parental leave and enhanced health care benefits.
Work-Life Balance: The DCMA recognizes the importance of work-life balance for its employees and has included a number of provisions in the new collective bargaining agreement to support this goal. For example, employees are now able to telework up to four days per week under certain conditions, and are eligible for flexible work schedules that allow for alternate work arrangements.
Hiring and Staffing: The DCMA takes seriously its responsibility to ensure that it has the necessary staffing to fulfill its mission. As part of the new collective bargaining agreement, the agency has agreed to expedite the hiring process and reduce the time frame for filling vacancies. Additionally, DCMA employees who are veterans will receive preference in hiring and promotions.
Grievance Procedures: The DCMA and its labor unions have established a robust grievance process that allows for employees to raise issues or disputes related to their employment. The process includes multiple levels of review, including arbitration, and is designed to ensure that both employees and management have a fair and transparent method of resolving disputes.
Contractor Oversight: The DCMA has agreed to work with its labor unions to improve communications with contractors and to ensure that they are meeting contractual obligations. The agency has also committed to providing training to its employees on how to monitor and enforce contractor compliance.
Overall, the DCMA Collective Bargaining Agreement 2019 represents a significant commitment by the agency to its employees and to the contractors it oversees. By addressing key issues related to wages, benefits, work-life balance, hiring, and contractor oversight, the agreement lays the groundwork for a productive and effective workforce that can better fulfill the agency`s mission of supporting the Department of Defense.