Tom Temin: Give us an idea of the situation in which the whole treaty is in terms of the timing and expiration of the existing treaty. Ibidun Roberts: Oh yes. The VA is therefore seeking a ten-year contract. We are looking for the traditional three-year contract. There are many reasons for this. One of them is that other unions can challenge our certification after three years, but changes are happening as well. And if these changes happen, we want to be able to open the agreements and accept those changes. And this is especially true for the VA, which has had a number of changes. For example, the Accountability Act is an important change that we want to include in the agreement. Another is President Trump`s executive orders, if we had a 10-year agreement, we would not be able to get changes, like the ones I just mentioned. A shorter term is better than a 10-year term. In some cases, the objective of a framework contract is to harmonize pay and performance conditions in a market or sector, so that employers compete on the basis of quality services, quality products and improved safety in the workplace.
  In Australia, treaties have proved so controversial that they were largely prohibited by the WorkChoices Acts of 1996 and their 2005 amendments.  Ibidun Roberts: Well, the current agreement is what we call rushed, once the VA has opened it, our language in the Treaty says that the provisions will continue until we reach a new agreement. So that`s where we`re with the current agreement, it`s continuing until we get to a new one. So we negotiated with the VA for half a month, and the VA requested the services of the Federal Service Impasses Panel, which is the authority of the federal government to break the deadlock. Like us government employees, we cannot go on strike, someone has to break the deadlock, and that is what this agency is doing. VA asked for your help. They asked us to defend our proposals in an opinion that had to be issued on June 3. Then we had the opportunity to refute the other`s arguments, and it was just July 5. For now, the council is arguing. — we are just waiting for a decision from them. Tom Temin: Okay, and before we go into some of those details, I mentioned about a quarter of a million, I think there are 270,000 employees on the National Council goes to AFGE.
Is there an agreement for everyone in the Council? A master contract may be geographically limited and can be concluded at the local, regional or national level. It can also be limited to a particular market, whether it is a local, regional or national market, but also a particular market.  Although a primary contract governs the terms and conditions of employment that apply uniformly throughout the company or in the sector, master`s contracts often provide for the negotiation of local conditions.  Some major contracts may also allow local or regional fluctuations to deal with economic, competitive or other circumstances for a union or business.  Thus, in the early 1980s, the United Auto Workers released Chrysler from the main contract for the U.S. auto industry because the company was in great financial difficulty.  Tom Temin: In addition to the question of time.