Negotiability and Impasse: Critical Agency Decision Point

By on October 12, 2012 in Current Events with 0 Comments

Federal unions are trying a tactic to keep otherwise non-negotiable proposals on the bargaining table. In this article, the Author discusses how an Agency might counter such moves.

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Doings at FLRA: Practitioners Pay Attention

By on May 27, 2012 in Agency News with 0 Comments

The FLRA has announced a series of Town Meetings that practitioners should consider attending. On a sad note, a Federal labor relations giant passes.

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FLRA Issues New e-Filing Regulations

By on May 6, 2012 in Current Events with 0 Comments

In Friday’s (May 4, 2012) Federal Register, the Federal Labor Relations Authority announced that, beginning June 4, 2012, parties will be able to e-file in a number of proceedings before the Authority using the Authority’s e-Filing system.

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D.C. Circuit Reverses FLRA Again

By on April 2, 2012 in Current Events with 0 Comments

In a case involving FLRA’s appropriate arrangement theory, abrogation theory and its new regulations on arbitration appeals, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals dealt the agency a sharp rebuke saying that it had issued a contrary ruling to its own prior decision on the same facts in the same Agency involving the same issue.

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FLRA's Attempt to Gut Agency Head Review Goes to Court

By on November 17, 2011 in Current Events with 0 Comments

The statutory right of an agency head to review an agreement before it is implemented has been eliminated by the FLRA. The case is now going to court.

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DC Circuit tells FLRA: "Mind Your Own Statute"

By on August 30, 2011 in Court Cases with 0 Comments

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals told the FLRA it deserved deference in the interpretation of the federal labor law but exceeded its authority when it interpreted a law the Air Force was charged to administer.

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DC Circuit Court Slams FLRA in Landmark Decision

By on August 1, 2011 in Current Events with 0 Comments

Cheeks must still sting at FLRA after a hard slapping by the DC Circuit finding “the Authority endorsed an incoherent arbitral award and embraced an unreasonably narrow view of what the Master Agreement ‘covers.’ “

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Negotiating Federal Salary: How Do Negotiated Pay Levels in Agencies Compare to the Average Federal Salary?

By on March 10, 2011 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments

Recent articles in the media have indicated that federal employees are not represented by unions that negotiate wages. This is not true as there are agencies in which wages are determined through collective bargaining. Here are a few of these agencies and how the salaries in these agencies compare to the rest of the federal workforce.

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FLRA Seeking to Emasculate Agency Head Review

By on February 16, 2011 in Human Resources with 0 Comments

The author discusses the potential harm a recent FLRA decision will do to collective bargaining.

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FLRA's Christmas Present to a Union?

By on December 15, 2010 in Human Resources with 0 Comments

Groucho Marx said “Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedies.” In a recent arbitration appeal, the FLRA reversed itself over an issue involving an agreement made by political direction with the union in the waning days of the Clinton Administration. The current Chairman, a member when the original case was decided did not dissent then but now gives the union not only a second bite of the apple but, arguably, the whole bushel. Is it a holiday gift? You decide.

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