Tag: Labor Relations

Smackdown: Federal Circuit Reverses MSPB on Directed Reassignment

Filed in Headlines, News by on September 3, 2015 Comments

In an important case to Agency managers, the Federal Circuit directed the MSPB to uphold the removal of a Park Service Manager who refused a directed reassignment. The Board reversed the Agency, the Administrative Judge who heard the case and its own precedent. The Court found that MSPB violated the law in its decision by failing to follow a clear Federal Circuit precedent.

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Does Having Unions in Government Make Sense?

Filed in News by on August 27, 2015 Comments

The author says that unions, like the people they represent, come in a lot of flavors. He describes some of his own experiences which highlight both the good and the bad when it comes to unions and also says that the right leadership in agencies and unions can be a force for real progress.

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Depriving Feds of Rights Is Barking Up The Wrong Tree

Filed in News by on August 11, 2015 Comments

The House of Representatives recently passed a bill making it much easier to fire employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs. The author says that while well intentioned, the bill is taking the wrong approach, and he outlines the main problems he sees with the legislation.

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Which Agency Has the Most Expensive Disposable Eating Utensils?

Filed in News by on August 10, 2015 Comments

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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The Good and the Bad Union Representative

Filed in News by on August 10, 2015 Comments

What defines a “good” or “effective” labor organization and its leadership? The author says that he has recently been encountering a rash of agency officials with a profoundly negative experience of their employee representatives. He describes why he believes this to be the case and what he believes leads to these negative attitudes and experiences.

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AFGE Tells VA Secretary Which VA Executives Managers to Fire: Huh?

Filed in News by on July 30, 2015 Comments

In the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Secretary reportedly asked for a list of which managers and executives should be fired. This is a first event in the federal sector. The author raises questions about issues this creates for the agency.

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What the Heck is Going On at FAA?

Filed in News by on July 20, 2015 Comments

What is going on with the Federal Aviation Administration labor relations program? A recent resignation brings the situation into the public eye.

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Tips for Successful Dispute Resolution at the FLRA

Filed in News by on July 12, 2015 Comments

The Collaboration and Alternative Dispute Resolution (CADR) program is run by the FLRA to reduce disputes and litigation. Here are suggestions for working successfully with this program as a labor relations practitioner.

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