Tag: Labor Relations

DC Circuit Reverses FLRA Again For Exceeding Its Authority

Filed in News by on June 5, 2014

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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Inspector General Investigations and Unions

Filed in News by on June 4, 2014

The FLRA concluded a union proposal to allow bargaining on restricting IG investigations was proper. In overruling the FLRA, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals concluded a similar decision on this issue issued in 1994 was still correct.

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Federal Employees Having No Luck So Far With Furlough Appeals

Filed in News by on June 3, 2014

The latest annual report from the Merit Systems Protection Board contains figures on the status of appeals from last year’s furloughs filed by the federal workforce and so far the numbers don’t favor federal workers.

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Paying Federal Employees to Represent Unions: Is This a Good Idea?

Filed in News by on June 3, 2014

Do you think providing full pay and benefits for federal employees representing unions a good policy? Take this survey and express your opinion.

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FLRA Member Pizzella on Excessive Interference and Abrogation

Filed in News by on April 15, 2014

In a negotiability case involving SSA and AFGE, FLRA Member Pizzella reminded the other members of a recent court ruling reversing a decision and taking those members to task for a theory that the court concluded ended up with two separate results on the same issue depending on which process it arose in. Member Pizzella’s opinion is quoted verbatim in the article and the author suggests it’s worth a read by practitioners.

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Newest FLRA Member Seeking Moderation in Labor Relations Program

Filed in News by on April 9, 2014

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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Congressmen Want to See Updated Official Time Report from OPM

Filed in News by on March 25, 2014

Two Congressmen recently sent a letter to Katherine Archuleta, the director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), asking for a current official time report to show how many hours federal workers spent on union business.

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2013: An Interesting Year for Federal Cases

Filed in Headline Archives, News by on January 26, 2014

Since the Federal Labor Relations Authority was inoperative for all but the last week or two of 2013, the most significant cases for practitioners were decided by the Merit Systems Protection Board and the Federal Courts.

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