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Patrick Pizzella Named Acting FLRA Chairman

By on January 25, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
Patrick Pizzella Named Acting FLRA Chairman

Patrick Pizzella has been named as the Acting Chairman of the FLRA.

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Circuit Court Slams FLRA Again, Vindicates Pizzella’s Dissents

By on January 19, 2017 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Circuit Court Slams FLRA Again, Vindicates Pizzella’s Dissents

The author discusses a recent case involving the FLRA which he says is the latest in a series that has done great damage to the labor relations program.

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Fixing Federal Labor Relations: Official Time May Not be the Biggest Problem

By on November 27, 2016 in Human Resources with 0 Comments

The author says there are at least four issues in the current labor relations system which need correcting to make government work more efficiently and effectively. He outlines each issue as he sees them and what his suggestions are for fixing them.

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What Are the Worst Agencies to Work for in Government?

By on December 8, 2015 in Agency News, Pay & Benefits with 142 Comments
What Are the Worst Agencies to Work for in Government?

Which federal agencies are the least recommended by the federal employees who work for them? A new report provides the answer.

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Which Agency Has the Most Expensive Disposable Eating Utensils?

By on August 10, 2015 in Agency News, Court Cases with 22 Comments
Which Agency Has the Most Expensive Disposable Eating Utensils?

An issue between an agency and a union dating back at least 6 years has resulted in the Department of Commerce possibly having the most expensive disposable cups and eating utensils in the country.

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Member Pizzella Says "Enough is Enough" to Abusive Union Reps in FLRA Dissent

By on April 7, 2015 in Court Cases with 37 Comments

This FLRA appears ideologically mandated to excuse virtually any union bad behavior. As a result of the FLRA’s failure to hold unions accountable for it, the misbehavior happens frequently

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The Current FLRA's Sad History before the DC Circuit

By on June 26, 2014 in Current Events with 14 Comments

FLRA keeps interpreting laws other than its own with impunity and without benefit of any expertise in those laws. It often gets its own law wrong in the opinion of the DC Circuit. The author asks how this agency, once characterized in a D.C. Circuit Court Decision as a “minor three-member commission with quite restricted expertise”, can defend an ideologically driven agenda and be considered a neutral adjudicator of disputes in the face of its record in court.

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DC Circuit Reverses FLRA Again For Exceeding Its Authority

By on June 5, 2014 in Court Cases, Current Events with 14 Comments

On June 3, the D.C. Circuit again reversed the FLRA for interpreting a law other than its own. The case, involving the negotiability of union proposals limiting Agency Inspector General investigations to procedures bargained with a union, demonstrated the Court’s continuing refusal to defer to an FLRA interpretation of a law other than the one it administers. The author suggests practitioners read the complete decision but addresses the highlights in his article.

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Newest FLRA Member Seeking Moderation in Labor Relations Program

By on April 9, 2014 in Agency News with 10 Comments

The newest Member of the Federal Labor Relations Authority is Patrick Pizzella. Here are his observations regarding his time at this agency since he began his term there in November.

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Hot News for 2014: D.C. Circuit Slams FLRA Appropriate Arrangements Decisions

By on January 5, 2014 in Current Events with 5 Comments

In a January 3, 2014 decision, the Federal Circuit stated: “As explained in this opinion, by adopting two inconsistent interpretations of the same statutory language, the Authority has acted arbitrarily and capriciously”. This deals the FLRA, only back in operation since mid-December, a stinging rebuke on arguably its most extensive political tool, the determination as to what is or isn’t an “appropriate arrangement.”

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