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AFGE has scheduled a number of meetings at resorts and a national conference with discounted Disney tickets in Orlando Florida in September. How many attendees will be on official time and government paid travel and per diem is anyone’s guess. The author suggests that for every day a union representative spends at this conference, up to three might not have to be furloughed. Does this affect your pay?
FLRA is not deciding any cases as they are missing two members. If the former Chair is reconfirmed, we can expect more union proposals to be offered and ordered negotiable as “appropriate arrangements” for violating a management statutory right. The Author recently covered this topic at the Society of Federal Labor and Employee Relations Professionals’ annual conference. This article offers the meat of that presentation and suggestions for dealing with FLRA on this issue.
FLRA is offering parties an opportunity to provide input to both its prospective Guide to Negotiability and negotiability training materials. The author suggests that Agencies review these materials and provide input as training dollars are scarce and field activities and offices may rely on the information provided. Act quickly, the offer expires May 7, 2013.
The Merit Systems Protection Board appears to have thrown a seminal decision, Curtis Douglas vs. Veterans Administration, into doubt in second guessing a deciding official who had considered the “Douglas Factors”. The Author explains how this decision undermines confidence in MSPB’s decisions.
Have you ever listened to someone give a presentation or state a particular view and leave out a critical piece of information? The Author suggests that perhaps FLRA’s General Counsel’s bias was showing in a recent presentation on Furloughs and Agencies need to take it with a big block of salt.
In a reversal of 30 years of precedent and, arguably the view of the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, the MSPB has changed its case law on an Agency’s obligations in removing employees when the employee refuses a directed reassignment. The author points out that this Board appears on a mission to limit agency discretion despite history and precedent.
The NY Post published a piece recently quoting a Federal union official to the effect that there would be payback for any problems caused by sequestration. The Author suggests the Post get a grip on its reporting and that Federal unions might just want to read up on the law and some ancient history.
The author, an admitted skeptic on OPM’s reporting accuracy, raises some questions about the validity of this year’s official time report. He also asks if, in these tough financial times, agencies can continue subsidizing Federal employee unions at the current rates.
Robert (Bob) J. Gilson has expertise in all aspects of Federal labor and employee relations.
He began his Federal career with the U.S. Civil Service Commission.
held managerial and advocacy positions with Navy, Army, Treasury and the
National Transportation Safety Board. He has served as chief negotiator on
numerous labor agreements in the U.S. and abroad. He represented his agencies
before the FLRA, FSIP, MSPB, EEOC and arbitrators. Bob had principal
responsibility for adverse actions regarding conduct and performance at all
levels including Senior Executives.
He has trained literally thousands of
Federal negotiators, supervisors and managers and has been doing so for over 38
years. He has been writing for Fedsmith
for more than 5 years. The recipient
of numerous awards, Bob is a frequently invited speaker at national conferences
on labor and employee relations. Bob retired from Federal service in 2001 and
is currently a senior associate with GRA Inc.
Projects included advising managers on bargaining and other labor
relations issues. Bob is working on a
new series of books for managers and practitioners.
Bob is the author or co-author of eight books
for Federal managers. To see some of his current writings, visit the"Federal Manager’s Toolbox" on FedSmith.com.