Tag: Labor Relations

The Current FLRA’s Sad History before the DC Circuit

Filed in News by on June 26, 2014 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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69% of Survey Respondents Say Official Time Reduces Efficiency or Wastes Government Resources

Filed in News by on June 9, 2014 Comments

A new survey of some 2100 readers found than 69% think the federal government paying federal employees to represent unions “decreases agency efficiency” or “is a waste of agency funds”.

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DC Circuit Reverses FLRA Again For Exceeding Its Authority

Filed in News by on June 5, 2014 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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Inspector General Investigations and Unions

Filed in News by on June 4, 2014 Comments

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 Comments

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 Comments

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 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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