FLRA to Hold Town Hall Meeting in DC This Week: Claims Interest in Practitioner Views

The Author encourages federal labor relations practitioners and attorneys to attend FLRA’s upcoming meeting on this Thursday, October 21. FLRA and FSIP members as well as the General Counsel will be in attendance. They say they want to serve you better. Go and offer some advice on exactly how they can do that.

On October 15, 2010 FLRA announced a town
hall meeting this week in Washington D.C. Seems like short notice to me but maybe the room’s small and they figure
few will show. 

According to the
press release, the meeting will be held October 21, 2010, from 1:00-3:30 pm at
the National Labor Relations Board, Margaret A. Browning Hearing Room, 1099
14th Street, NW, 11th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20570. You are expected to RSVP
by email to Ameeran Ali or call her at 202-218-7759.

The first meeting in this series was held in
Chicago on September 22, 2010. Additional meetings are planned for Atlanta,
Boston, Dallas, Denver, and San Francisco. I’m sorry I missed reporting the first meeting but was out
of the country and missed the announcement. I’ll try to keep you posted as dates are announced.

At the meeting GC Julia Akins Clark plans to introduce a web-based Unfair
Labor Practice Case Law Outline and Casehandling Manual as well as a Guide to
Arbitration under the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute.

The meeting is also scheduled to include a panel discussion
with FLRA Member Thomas Beck, Federal Service Impasses Panel Chair Mary
Jacksteit, and General Counsel Clark. They want to hear how they can make their operations better. I wonder if that means their case
decisions as well. (Likely not!) For sure, let them know that putting out a notice on a Friday for a
meeting the following Thursday is, at best, a reflection that FLRA believes
either people have nothing to do or that they don’t want people with busy
schedules to attend.

You may want to read the Authority’s
arbitration appeals decisions for the end of September before you go. They will give you plenty to ask
about. I plan an article on the
subject this week but you should read the cases in their entirety. Do it after a meal so as not to spoil
your appetite.

Also, If you’re an Agency practitioner and
plan to take notes, send them to me and all things being equal, I’ll put them
up to share with those, like me who can’t attend (anonymously, of course).

As always, if you perceive an opinion in the above, it’s my sole responsibility.


About the Author

Bob Gilson is a consultant with a specialty in working with and training Federal agencies to resolve employee problems at all levels. A retired agency labor and employee relations director, Bob has authored or co-authored a number of books dealing with Federal issues and also conducts training seminars.