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Chad
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #140 on: Jun 30th, 2005, 9:25pm »
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The news letter I read said that the USPTO was getting rid of several benefits that have made me interested in working there such as:  
 
- limits on flex time  
 
- allowing managers to give mandatory overtime  
 
- increase from previous production levels to get bonuses
 
- examiners no longer move up the GS scale althought they meet all requirements to do so
 
All alleged slashes in benefits can be found in this newsletter:
 
http://www.popa.org/newsletters/febmar05.shtml
 
 
Is any of this true or is it exaggerated ?
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #141 on: Jun 30th, 2005, 10:20pm »
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What you are reading is POPA's interpretation of the PTO's proposed bargaining agreement.
 
While you would expect such a view to be a bit one sided, it is pretty clear that the PTO's proposal represents major changes few of which are beneficial to the rank and file.
 
There are some assumptions by POPA that supervisors and managers will abuse the discretion in giving promotions that they are negotiating, but I don't think there is any question that things like flex time, bonus/awards, are scaled back in managements proposed agreement.
 
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« Reply #142 on: Jun 30th, 2005, 11:49pm »
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Is it guaranteed that these proposals will go through or are the proposals a place to start negotiating?
 
Thanks for the info
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #143 on: Jul 1st, 2005, 6:23am »
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I think it's a negotiating stance, but it is a very hardball approach IMO.
 
The other issue is that PTO management believes that the current agreement has expired despite an arbitrators decision to the contrary.  For that reason, it is a bit controversial that there even is a proposal.
 
And we haven't even mentioned the USPTOs outsourcing plans.
 
POPA is not right about everything, but there is enough truth in what they say to cause concern.  Unfortunately there is enough wolf crying/skies falling stuff in their position that I think there real concerns sometimes get short shrift.
 
 
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Re: Working for the USPTO
« Reply #144 on: Jul 1st, 2005, 1:00pm »
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Sorry...1 more question.
 
Would any of these recent developments discourage any of you from seeking employment at the USPTO?  
 
Thanks for all of the advice.
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