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

By on December 3, 2009 in Court Cases with 0 Comments

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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A Dispute That Could Only Arise Between Public Employees and a Governmental Agency

By on June 16, 2009 in Court Cases with 0 Comments

Federal agencies and federal employee unions have their own agendas with the result being disputes going on for years that seem to defy logic. The appeals court calls this case the “sort of dispute that could only arise between public employees and a governmental agency.”

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Evidence in Negotiability Cases? The FLRA Greases a Slippery Slope

By on June 1, 2009 in Human Resources with 0 Comments

On remand from a court decision, FLRA was instructed to revisit a record. In a decision blaming the Agency for not rebutting the Union’s lousy evidence, FLRA relies on unsupported emails to decide the case. The author suggests that this case offers the parties an opportunity to dramatically affect future negotiability proceedings.

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Working with the ‘Covered By’ Doctrine: Making Management’s Obligations in Federal Labor Relations a Little Lighter

By on December 7, 2008 in Human Resources with 0 Comments

The exact origins of the current “Covered By” Doctrine are somewhat shrouded in the fog of early 1990s case law. Now that this doctrine has been fleshed out by subsequent FLRA and Court decisions, the author asks if it’s time for agency management to look at and, perhaps, take advantage of the opportunities the case law offers.

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FLRA Has a Quorum but Still No General Counsel

By on October 20, 2008 in Agency News with 0 Comments

FLRA Chairman and member confirmed by the Senate providing a quorum that permits decisions to be issued. The nomination for General Counsel at the FLRA is still pending.

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Breaking News: FLRA General Counsel Disappears

By on March 10, 2008 in Agency News with 0 Comments

A recent news article on the FLRA site refers to the absence of an FLRA General Counsel. The site does not indicate where she may be though.

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AFGE Attacks FLRA General Counsel (GC) Over Proposed Changes

By on January 24, 2008 in Human Resources with 0 Comments

The vast majority of unfair labor practice allegations are filed by unions against agencies. Determining the winner or loser in these cases often depends on getting information and who has the power to get the information. Proposed changes to the regulations have generated a response from the largest federal employee union. Here is a summary and observations from an experienced labor relations professional who worked for several agencies.

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NLRB V. FLRA: NLRB Union Pickets and Exchanges Press Releases with Management in the Ongoing Dispute over FLRA’s Decision

By on August 15, 2007 in Human Resources with 0 Comments

A dispute between the National Labor Relations Board Union and the agency is heating up as the union begins picketing and calling for the resignation of the agency’s General Counsel. The NLRB responds with its own press release.

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FLRA Has a Union – On What Authority?

By on April 11, 2007 in Human Resources with 0 Comments

The FLRA is specifically excluded from coverage of the federal labor relations law. What is the legal authority for this agency to recognize a union?

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A New Prosecutor in Town

By on November 16, 2006 in Court Cases with 0 Comments

There appears to be a significant change in direction at the Federal Labor Relations Authority. Federal agencies may like the new approach.

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