Federal government hiring process - can you negotiate vacation?
I'm thinking of accepting a job in the federal government after working for a different private sector organization for 10 years. I didn't have a problem negotiating a higher step salary due to a severe shortage of people within my career field, and given my current pay and experience. In my current private sector job, I get 4.5 weeks of vacation and I really don't want to go back to only 3 weeks. Is it possible to negotiate this? I'm already 10 years into my career and it's not an entry-level position. I'm just not sure how the unions work. (The union is CAPE if that makes a difference.)