- A number of Agencies got their implementation plans kicked back to them this week by the National Council on Labor-Management Relations for either failing to or a lack of interest in collaborating with their unions on developing the plan in the first place. What now?
- In an interesting and creative fudge factoring, apparently some Agencies are saying they’ll agree to bargain permissive topics if they can limit the areas in which they’ll do so. Is that a possibility?
- Deciding who will sit on department forums generally and how subordinate Agencies and unions will be represented. Can all be made happy?
- Working out which unions will get to sit on which forums as some have a history (from Partnership days) of refusing to sit at the same table. Think they’ll do it if the venue is a cruise ship?
- Will more grant, as some Agencies already have, different forums for different unions?
- Whether to exclude human resources staff or managers from Agency forums as AFGE’s John Gage pressed the issue at the first National Council Meeting. We hear he’s backed off a little, now demanding these folks not be leading the forums but can sit there. Rumor has it some Agencies are excluding HR folks to make Mr. Gage happy. Is your Agency one of these?
- Does the Order requires a forum at every level of recognition and what does the term “other levels” mean?
- How, per the Order, to “allow employees and their union representatives to have pre-decisional involvement in all workplace matters to the fullest extent practicable, without regard to whether those matters are negotiable subjects of bargaining under 5 U.S.C. 7106?
- In a very interesting turn, whether non-Federal employee union representatives (like Mr. Gage) are severely limited by other laws to the information to which they may be made privy?
- The degree to which all of the above is a subject of negotiation. For example, can the union bargain over the official time, number of attendees, number of alternates, number of observers, and a myriad of other issues surrounding forums or is forum membership and participation work for which they get duty time and travel, etc.?
About the Author
Bob Gilson is a consultant with a specialty in working with and training Federal agencies to resolve employee problems at all levels. A retired agency labor and employee relations director, Bob has authored or co-authored a number of books dealing with Federal issues and also conducts training seminars.More from this author »