After several months of negotiating, the USCG and AFGE Council 120
bargaining teams finalized the renegotiated Master Labor Agreement (MLA) and
on 17 January 2017, DHS approved the MLA. The renegotiated MLA replaces the
December 2011 version. Approximately half of the articles in the contract
have been updated. These include many subjects of daily use, such as
employee rights, hours of work, leave, telework, and grievance procedures.
The MLA applies to all bargaining unit employees represented by AFGE Council
120, which covers nearly 3,000 Federal civilian employees throughout the
USCG. It contains shared procedures for supervisors, employees, and union
representatives to follow on many topics of employment.
The renegotiated MLA improves both the content, format and usability of the
previous MLA. Many provisions and procedures have been streamlined, unneeded
sections and references removed, and improved functionality has been added.
The new document is intended to be utilized primarily as an electronic
version and it includes a variety of hyperlinks to internal and external
Over the coming months the Workforce Relations Division (CG-1214) will
provide training for managers and supervisors of AFGE bargaining unit
employees to whom the new contract applies. The training will cover the
changes in the updated MLA and guidance on effectively using and applying
the document. We encourage all of these managers/supervisors to attend the
The renegotiated MLA can be accessed at
here. If you
have any questions or if you need clarification regarding the MLA, contact
Ms. Joanne Turner, Chief of Workforce Relations Division at 202-795-6348 or
your servicing CG-1214 Specialist for more information.
This link can be used to find the appropriate contact and is located on the Office
of Civilian Human Resources website.
RDML William G. Kelly
RDML WILLIAM G. KELLY
Assistant Commandant for Human Resources
Issue date: 1/19/17