National President Dougan Signs Partnership Agreement with NAVSEA Brass; Establishes Labor-Management Relations Council


Monday, NFFE National President William R. Dougan signed a partnership agreement establishing the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Labor-Management Council. The signing ceremony and initial meeting represents an opportunity for all participants to come to a consensus on the goals and opportunities created by the contract.

The Council provides guidance and support for collaborative labor-management relations throughout the Command. It champions changes and workplace improvements to enhance NAVSEA’s ability to efficiently and effectively sustain the current fleet, build an affordable future fleet, and enable our workforce.

Workplace improvements will be concurrent with 5 USC Chapter 71 to increase NAVSEA’s undertaking of developing and maintaining ships systems, working to promote the hiring of wounded warriors and veterans while navigating the transition of employees out of NSPS, and maintaining a safe and secure workplace.

“This Council speaks very loudly to the principles of collaboration,” said Dougan. “To maintain the most empowered and productive workforce is the reason we are here at this table. The council makes us stronger by bringing a diversity of experiences that helps us to make better decisions for our country.”

The critical topics under consideration in the Council are the recruitment, development, and retention of a high-performing, mission-focused workforce. The relationship between labor and NAVSEA will help pave the way for keeping American’s Navy the strongest in the world.