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The Uniquely Unionized National Guard

National Guard Technicians are, with a few exceptions in every state, members of an “excepted service”. While that term applies to many categories of Feds, Title 32 is unique to the Guard and reserves. The author offers some details on what this means.

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IRS Awards: Is It a $70 Million Scandal or Something Else?

There’s a lot of hubbub around D.C. this week owing to a report that despite a presidential order freezing Federal pay, IRS employees are getting a $70,000,000.00 award payout. The Author, not known for his pro-union reporting, seeks to separate the truth from the rhetoric and examine what is going on at the IRS and why.

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Federal Bargaining Preparation: Reviewing an Expiring Agreement

As negotiated agreements expire and bargaining appears likely, it is vital for an Agency to take stock of the old contract and assess where it wants negotiations to go. You can be sure the union will come to the table with an agenda; the author asks whether Agency representatives have an agenda of their own and attempts to lay out a framework for development of management’s agenda.

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Union Work on the Taxpayers’ Dime

In an op-ed, Congressman Dennis Ross (R-FL) says that taxpayers should not be forced to foot the bill for union activities in the federal government and that federal employees should pay for it themselves.

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Federal Union Fiddles as Federal Employees Furloughed?

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?

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What Makes An Arrangement Appropriate?

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.

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