Tag: Labor Relations

FLRA Member Pizzella on Excessive Interference and Abrogation

Filed in News by on April 15, 2014 Comments

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 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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Congressmen Want to See Updated Official Time Report from OPM

Filed in News by on March 25, 2014 Comments

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 Comments

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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Giving Federal Employee Unions Official Time to Lobby Congress

Filed in Headline Archives, News by on January 21, 2014 Comments

Unions have a “duty of fair representation” to those who do not pay dues. The taxpayer should not foot the bill for union representation. Perhaps Congress should require federal employees who are part of the bargaining unit to pay union dues.

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

Filed in Headline Archives, News by on January 5, 2014 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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A Must Read: MSPB’s Clean Record Settlement Report

Filed in Headline Archives, News by on December 10, 2013 Comments

Federal Agency advocates, attorneys, HR advisors and adverse action decision makers should make a point of reading the MSPB’s new report titled Clean Record Settlement Agreements and the Law. The report identifies the pitfalls involved in making deals with employees in which the Agency agrees to expunge negative information from an employee’s record in return for a resignation.

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MSPB Asks For Opinions on Changing its Regulations. Agency Reps Pay Attention!

Filed in Headline Archives, News by on November 14, 2013 Comments

MSPB announced on 11/8/2013 that it planned to change the way it adjudicates jurisdiction claims by altering its regulations. The Author suggests that anyone involved in appeals before the Board should read this article and respond to the Board’s request for comments by practitioners. As a part of its effort, the Board has prepared a useful chart called Elements/Issues in MSPB Appeals that is worth reading.

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