Is there any flexibility on labor-management agreements during an emergency?
Yes, there is some flexibility. In an emergency, management has the right to alter working conditions without bargaining prior to implementing the change. However, post-implementation bargaining may be required. In this regard, if management follows applicable procedures contained in existing collective bargaining agreements, bargaining would not be required over the procedure. In situations where an agency wishes to use different procedures, or where there are no existing contractual procedures or past practices covering the action, an agency may have post-implementation bargaining obligations. With regard to any of these situations, supervisors and managers should seek guidance and advice from their Office of General Counsel and human resources personnel.