With an executive order on Federal labor relations from the new administration expected very soon, the author examines what happened in the Clinton administration and suggests that Interest Based Bargaining or any other mandated negotiating process may be doomed from the outset if prior lessons go unheeded.
As President Obama is inaugurated, the author suggests agencies should revisit their approaches to labor relations. He provides a list of ten things every Agency should be doing to get a better handle on its interests in a time of rising union expectations.
Bargaining a contract is a lot to get your arms around. The Author offers these tools to make preparation, tracking and figuring out the status of a negotiation simpler. Warning! This article is written for folks who have bargained without structure and wished they had some tools to work with. If you’re a seat of the pants bargainer, shame on you, and this is not for you.
The author has written extensively on FedSmith about the “ins and outs” of bargaining on the impact and implementation(I and I) of agency management decisions. I and I bargaining occurs with great frequency in the Federal sector and generally results in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the agency and the union. This article covers critical points the agency should consider in putting together an MOU.
How can a bargaining team get a reasonable contract for a federal agency? “Be gentle with the union’s chief negotiator” (Rule 11) Here are several tips for getting through the bargaining process successfully from an experienced negotiator.
If you are getting ready to bargain an agreement with a federal employee union, you should have a good understanding of the concepts and processes involved in the bargaining arena. Here are some practical tips you can use to reach an acceptable agreement in less time.
Here are tips and guidance for negotiators who may use the federal bargaining process.
The federal bargaining process requires using federal mediation before going on to impasse. Here are practical tips for successfully dealing with a mediator in federal sector labor negotiations.
How do you reach agreement with a union without involving a third party? Here are some practical steps an agency can take based on the experience of an experienced negotiator in the federal sector.
Agency negotiators who lead management into an unending and apparently unendable morass are not likely to prosper. How do you open a negotiation between a union and an agency and how do you close it?