FLRA’s B(1) Pilot Training Course Materials: Is Permissive Bargaining Now Mandatory?

November 4, 2010 9:00 PM

The author requested and received FLRA’s training materials used to train participants in pilot programs in which parties will bargain agency permissive topics. These pilots dramatically expand union bargaining rights. It’s unclear what authorizes union representatives’ official time for this training or authorizes FLRA to train the representatives of a non-governmental entity for free. You decide.

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FLRA Changing Rules on the Legality of Arbitration Awards in Recent Decisions

October 20, 2010 7:27 AM

The author suggests agency advocates pay attention to a recent line of FLRA cases involving appeals of arbitration awards. The Authority has clearly decided to widely expand an arbitrator’s authority while severely limiting an agency’s ability to appeal an award. The FLRA has apparently decided to bypass the Congress and update the 1978 labor relations law against the agencies’ interests.

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D.C. Circuit Kicks FLRA to the Curb in the Battle of the Counsels General

July 29, 2010 11:44 AM

In a case Fedsmith has been covering since 2007, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the Federal Labor Relations Authority’s efforts to impose its will on the National Labor Relations Board. In what some might call a slam dunk, the court decided the FLRA once again misinterpreted another Agency’s enabling legislation.

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Chairman Pope’s Dissents: A Crystal Ball for Future Decisions?

June 10, 2010 7:16 AM

Over the course of her term as minority member of the FLRA, now Chairman Pope dissented many times in FLRA decisions. The author identifies those that specifically addressed negotiability issues and asks, can we expect a reversal if the issues come up again?

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New FLRA Policy Announced: Everything’s Negotiable!

April 21, 2010 6:55 AM

In what must have been a big surprise to the Department of Defense, the Federal Labor Relations Authority finds civilian access to commissaries and exchanges to be a negotiable working condition. The Author suggests a political payback may be involved in the decision. You be the judge.

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FLRA Trend: Will Every Union Proposal be an Appropriate Arrangement, if Tested?

April 1, 2010 9:14 PM

A new decision appears to set up FLRA as arbiter of Agency efficiency and effectiveness.

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Is An FLRA Regional Director Going to Violate the Law in TSA Union Recognition Case?

March 14, 2010 2:55 PM

In 2003, the Federal Labor Relations Authority found that the Transportation Security Administrator had the absolute right to decide whether a union could represent TSA employees. The author asks what has changed except politics and whether a regional official can violate a legal precedent on his own. You be the judge.

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FLRA Proposes New Unfair Labor Practice Regulations: Reverses Bush Era Hands Off Policies and Eliminates Neutrality Provision

February 10, 2010 7:44 AM

In reviewing what, on the surface, appears an innocuous change to the FLRA General Counsel’s Regulations, the author suggests there may be more involved.

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FLRA Puts Personnel Specialists in the Bargaining Unit: Does the FLRA Need Remedial Reading Training?

December 3, 2009 3:11 PM

After 30 years under the Federal labor law, the FLRA has ruled for the first time that personnel specialists are in a bargaining unit as their work is routine.

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The New Federal Labor Relations Authority: Ten Suggestions that Might Really Improve Federal Collective Bargaining

November 4, 2009 7:18 PM

FLRA has a new website and, according to its Chairman, a new “season” based on “Revitalization, Reinvention, and Re-engagement”. Her message is the keynote on the cosmetically altered site. Taking on the prior Authority (of which she was a member) claiming it’s “performance, along with employee morale, had suffered” and sounding a lot like Al Gore, she wants to reinvent the FLRA but how she plans to do so is a bit hazy.

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