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applicability to it or its members. Consultations and dealings under this subparagraph shall be so limited that they do not assume the character of formal consultation on matters of general employee-management policy, or extend to areas where recognition of the interests of one employee group may result in discrimination against or injury to the interests of other employees.

CONSULTATION AND APPEALS

SEC. 8. Consultation. (a) A foreign affairs agency and a recognized organization, through appropriate representatives, shall, to the extent consistent with applicable law and regulations, consult in good faith regularly and prior to the adoption of proposed or revised personnel policies and procedures, including grievance procedures, which affect working conditions of employees. When a personnel policy or procedure is for application jointly to employees in more than one foreign affairs agency, the consultations shall be held jointly between representatives of the foreign affairs agencies involved and representatives of the recognized organizations in those agencies. The results of consultations shall be reduced to writing and signed by the parties.

(b) Foreign affairs agency management shall reserve the right in accordance with applicable law and regulations:

(1) to direct employees of the agencies;

(2) to hire, promote, transfer, assign, and to retain employees in positions within the foreign affairs agencies and to suspend, demote, discharge or take other disciplinary action against employees;

(3) to relieve employees from duties because of lack of work or for other legitimate reasons;

(4) to maintain the efficiency of the Government operations entrusted to them;

(5) to determine the methods, means, and personnel by which such operations are to be conducted; and

(6) to take whatever actions may be necessary to carry out the missions of the agencies in situations of emergency.

The foregoing rights reserved to foreign affairs agency management shall also be applicable in the administration of agreements reached under paragraph (a) of this section.

(c) The obligation to consult does not include matters with respect to the mission of a foreign affairs agency; its budget; its organization; the number of employees; and the numbers, types, and grades of positions or employees assigned to an organizational unit, work project or tour of duty; the technology of performing its work; or its internal security practices. Consultations will not extend to foreign policy matters or other substantive responsibilities of the foreign affairs agencies. This paragraph shall not preclude consultation with respect to providing appropriate arrangements for employees adversely affected by the impact of realignment of work forces or technological change.

Sec. 9. Appeals. (a) When consultation under section 8 of this Order does not result in agreement with respect to substantive aspects of a personnel policy or procedure, a recognized organization may appeal the management decision on the matter to the Board in writing. The Board will consider on appeal any matter that it determines is substantive in nature. A substantive matter for purposes of this section is a matter that creates, defines or changes rights of employees or organizations or the conditions relating to such rights. In the consideration of such an appeal, the Board will utilize a disputes panel as provided in section 6 of this Order. The decision of the Board shall be final, unless overruled by the head of the foreign affairs agency concerned.

(b) No member of the Board who is directly responsible for personnel operations in a foreign affairs agency shall be eligible to participate in the consideration of an appeal under this section.

(c) Foreign affairs agency management shall defer or suspend the implementation of a management decision which is appealed under this section during the pendency of the appeal, except to the extent that the head of the foreign affairs agency determines that immediate implementation of a decision being appealed is required in the national interest.

Sec. 10. Grievances. The foreign affairs agencies, after consultation under section 8 with representatives of recognized organizations, shall establish procedures for the fair and impartial resolution of employee grievances. Employee grievances shall include, but shall not be limited to complaints in which an employee has alleged that it is necessary to correct his record in order to remove or prevent an injustice. Such procedures shall include provision for informal steps to resolve grievances directly with management officials as well as formal steps within the agency when grievances are not resolved through informal means. Formal grievances shall be considered and decided by a panel which shall include public membership and which shall be independent of foreign affairs agency management other than the Secretary in the performance of its functions.

Sec. 11. Periodic Conferral and Review. (a) In addition to the consultation described in section 8, the Secretary shall, by regulation, establish procedures for reasonable access to the management of foreign affairs agencies by recognized organizations for the purpose of:

(1) exchanging information and offering suggestions relating to the improvement of agency operations and effectiveness and the establishment of administrative policies that will serve the public interest;

(2) discussing the operation of this Order and procedures established thercunder;

(3) considering ways in which relationships between foreign affairs agencies and recognized organizations may be improved and strengthened; and

(4) reviewing together with foreign affairs agencies and recognized organizations annually the relationships established pursuant to this Order in order to assure that their evolution takes into account developments elsewhere in the Federal Government as well as the special needs of the Foreign Service.

Conferral under this section shall not extend to matters excluded from the obligation to consult under section 8(c) of this Order, in the absence of agreement by the parties.

(b) Recommendations by management or organizations following conferral under this section, including recommendations for amendments to this Order, shall be submitted to the Board for its consideration. Based upon the findings of the Board, the Secretary shall, from time to time, make reports and recommendations to the President.

CONDUCT OF ORGANIZATIONS AND MANAGEMENT

Sec. 12. Standards of Conduct for Organizations.

(a) In order to be eligible for recognition an organization must be free from corrupt influences and practices and influences opposed to democratic principles. In addition, it must maintain democratic procedures and practices, including provisions for periodic elections to be conducted subject to recognized safeguards as well as provisions defining and securing the rights of individual members to participation in the affairs of the organization, to fair and equal treatment under the governing rules of the organization and to fair process in disciplinary proceedings.

(b) A recognized organization shall file with the Commission financial and other reports, provide for bonding of officials and employees of the organization and comply with trusteeship and election standards, in accordance with regulations prescribed by the Commission. These regulations shall conform generally to those applicable to unions in the private sector and to labor organizations in the Federal service.

Sec. 13. Unfair Practices. (a) Agency management shall not—

(1) interfere with, restrain, or coerce an employee in the exercise of the rights assured by this Order;

(2) encourage or discourage membership in an organization by discrimination in regard to hiring, tenure, promotion, or other conditions of employment;

(3) sponsor, control, or otherwise assist an organization, except that a foreign affairs agency may furnish customary and routine services and facilities when consistent with the best interests of the foreign affairs agency, its employees, and the organization, and when the services and facilities are furnished, if requested, on an impartial basis to organizations having equivalent status;

(4) discipline or otherwise discriminate against an employee because he has filed a complaint or given testimony under this Order;

(5) refuse to accord recognition to an organization qualified for such recognition; or

(6) refuse to consult, or confer, with a recognized organization as required by this Order.

(b) An organization shall not—

(1) interfere with, restrain, or coerce an employee in the exercise of his rights assured by this Order;

(2) attempt to induce foreign affairs agency management to coerce an employee in the exercise of his rights under this Order;

(3) coerce, attempt to coerce, or discipline, fine, or take other economic sanction against a member of the organization as punishment or reprisal for, or for the purpose of hindering or impeding his work performance, his productivity, or the discharge of his duties owed as an officer or employee of the United States;

(4) call or engage in a strike, work stoppage, or slowdown; picket an agency in an employee-management dispute; or condone any such activity by failing to take affirmative action to prevent or stop it;

(5) discriminate against an employee with regard to the terms or conditions of membership because of race, color, creed, sex, age, or national origin; or

(6) refuse to consult, or confer, with a foreign affairs agency as required by this Order.

MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

SEC. 14. Use of Official Time. Solicitation of membership or dues, and other internal business of an organization, shall be conducted during the non-duty hours of the employees concerned. The Secretary shall establish by regulation reasonable limitations upon the use of official time for consultation and conferral under this Order.

Sec. 15. Allotment of Dues. When a foreign affairs agency and the organization agree in writing, a foreign affairs agency may deduct the regular and periodic dues of an organization recognized under this Order from the pay of members of the organization who make a voluntary allotment for that purpose. Such an allotment is subject to the regulations of the Civil Service Commission, which shall include provision for the employee to revoke his authorization at stated six-month intervals. Such an allotment terminates when the dues withholding agreement between a foreign affairs agency and the organization is terminated or ceases to be applicable to the employee.

SEC. 16. Regulations. The Secretary, after consultation with the heads of other foreign affairs agencies and with representatives of organizations and with the advice of the Board, is authorized to prescribe regulations for the implementation of this Order. The Secretary's regulations shall become effective no later than 120 days after the effective date of this Order.

Sec. 17. Agency Implementation. No later than 90 days after the effective date of the regulations prescribed under section 16, each foreign affairs agency shall issue appropriate implementing policies and regulations consistent with this Order and the regulations prescribed by the Secretary. Such foreign affairs agency regulations shall include but shall not be limited to a clear statement of the rights of the foreign affairs agency's employees under this Order; procedures with respect to consultation and conferral with organizations; policies with respect to the use of foreign affairs agency facilities by organizations; and policies and practices regarding consultation with other associations and individual employees. The foreign affairs agencies shall consult with representatives of organizations in the formulation of these policies and regulations.

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