GSA, union to talk about warehouse closures next week

GSA, union to talk about warehouse closures next week

JUNE 15—The General Services Administration and the American Federation of Government Employees will go back to the negotiating table next week to talk about the Federal Supply Service's effort to close some of its warehouses.

The talks come after an independent arbitrator ordered GSA to keep open all eight of its distribution centers and meet with AFGE [see story at www.gcn.com/vol19_no14/news/2120-1.html].

FSS Commissioner Frank P. Pugliese Jr. said today that the two sides would reopen negotiations next week.

GSA has been embroiled in an effort to streamline the supply warehouses and has sought to move most of their business online. The union, however, has fought the plan and has blocked the closure by arguing that it violates a 1993 memorandum of understanding in which GSA agreed to negotiate all reinvention activities with the group.

GSA had decided to follow the recommendations from independent studies that showed the agency could save money and maintain service by closing some centers and letting agencies buy directly through vendors' Web sites. But last month, the arbitrator put that move on hold.

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