GSA again meets with union

GSA again meets with union

It's d'ja vu all over again for the General Services Administration and the American Federation of Government Employees.

The pair once again is discussing the future of the Federal Supply Service's warehouse program. The talks follow an arbitrator's order that GSA keep all eight distribution centers open and meet with the union [GCN, June 5, Page 3].

GSA wants to close the depot facilities and let agencies buy goods directly from approved vendors, using the Web for ordering. The union, however, has fought the plan, arguing that GSA violated a 1993 memorandum of understanding that requires the agency to negotiate all reinvention activities with the union.

Following an earlier arbitration ruling, GSA had independent studies done of its warehouse program. The studies concluded GSA could save money and maintain services by moving to the online approach. It had once again announced its intentions to shutter the warehouses when the new arbitration ruling came down.

'Patricia Daukantas, Christopher J. Dorobek and William Jackson

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