neither can they negotiate pay
but they can and do negotiate conditions of work
things such as flex time, comp time, dress code, entitlement to work overtime, grievance resolution, performance evaluation procedure, transparency of bonus distribution, place or work, reassignment, posts of duty, use of the computer, use of the telecommunications system ...
the other things that an employee would be concerned about
i am not certain you ever made a point, sport. but throw your point - the one you believe was inadequately addressed - out there for us all to see and let me take a whack at itThat's just a dodge which doesn't address the point.
it will be my pleasure