GSA wants to have half of its eligible work force teleworking at least one day per week by the end of 2010. More than 20 percent of eligible GSA employees now telework.
“With AFGE joining forces with the agency on this telework effort, we should reach 30 percent by the end of this calendar year, and be well positioned to achieve the next scheduled benchmark of 40 percent by the end of calendar year 2009,” GSA Chief Human Capital Officer Gail Lovelace said in a June 9 statement.
GSA hopes increased teleworking will improve worker productivity while reducing energy use, traffic and pollution.
Negotiations on a telework policy for employees represented by another union, the National Federation of Federal Employees, broke down last week. NFFE said that GSA’s representative walked out of a June 4 meeting. GSA is not commenting on the NFFE negotiations.