After years of negotiations, the United States Capitol Police and the Labor Committee for frontline Capitol Police officers both agreed to key protections and workplace conditions, which will be enshrined in a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA).
The new CBA, which replaces the current agreement that dates back to 2010, is a breakthrough after years of court battles.
Today, the long-awaited CBA was signed on Tuesday morning by USCP Chief Tom Manger, Union Chairman Gus Papathanasiou, and the chief spokespersons for the CBA— Acting Assistant Chief of Uniformed Operations Sean Gallagher for the Department and Union Secretary Jodie Penny.
“As a police chief for more than 20 years, I understand the importance of giving the frontline officers a voice in matters that impact them directly. This CBA does just that,” said USCP Chief Tom Manger. “When I was named Chief last year, one of my priorities was to quickly move these negotiations toward an agreement. I am pleased with the result and believe this lays the groundwork for the Union and management to continue to work together to improve this department.”
The Union Chairman commended Chief Manger for working with the Union to break the impasse.
“This agreement underscores the fundamental right of frontline police officers to Union representation and to collectively negotiate for the conditions that guarantee their workplace security and the terms of their employment,” said Union Chairman Gus Papathanasiou. “I am glad we were able to come together so quickly on this CBA after Chief Manger was sworn in. It’s been a long road for me personally, with negotiations spanning the tenures of three USCP Chiefs. The new CBA is a good agreement and, in particular, I want to thank Union Secretary Jodie Penny and Acting Assistant Chief Gallagher for their hard work.”
The new agreement includes advanced notice to officers for scheduled additional duty, enhanced wellness and resiliency services and updates to personnel files and administrative procedures.
The new CBA will last six years, compared to the previous agreement’s three year term.