FLRA Confirmation Hearings: Softball Questions, Vague Answers, No Substance

By on October 8, 2013 in Current Events with 0 Comments

The Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs held hearings on the pending confirmations of all three FLRA nominees on September 25. The author suggests that Federal LR practitioners watch the session which is about 1 ½ hours in length to get an appreciation of how the process works and how almost no discussion of substance took place.

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President Nominates Patrick Pizzella to be FLRA Member

By on August 28, 2013 in Current Events with 0 Comments

The Obama White House announced the nomination of Patrick Pizzella as an FLRA Member. The author asks if this will smooth the way for the confirmation of Carol Waller Pope whose nomination has been in limbo for almost a year.

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What Makes An Arrangement Appropriate?

By on May 7, 2013 in Current Events with 0 Comments

FLRA is not deciding any cases as they are missing two members. If the former Chair is reconfirmed, we can expect more union proposals to be offered and ordered negotiable as “appropriate arrangements” for violating a management statutory right. The Author recently covered this topic at the Society of Federal Labor and Employee Relations Professionals’ annual conference. This article offers the meat of that presentation and suggestions for dealing with FLRA on this issue.

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FLRA Offers Opportunity to Comment on Prospective Advice and Training

By on May 1, 2013 in Current Events with 0 Comments

FLRA is offering parties an opportunity to provide input to both its prospective Guide to Negotiability and negotiability training materials. The author suggests that Agencies review these materials and provide input as training dollars are scarce and field activities and offices may rely on the information provided. Act quickly, the offer expires May 7, 2013.

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FLRA General Counsel Gives Incomplete Furlough Advice

By on April 12, 2013 in Current Events with 0 Comments

Have you ever listened to someone give a presentation or state a particular view and leave out a critical piece of information? The Author suggests that perhaps FLRA’s General Counsel’s bias was showing in a recent presentation on Furloughs and Agencies need to take it with a big block of salt.

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Why FLRA's Chair has Disappeared from the Website

By on January 21, 2013 in Current Events with 0 Comments

Why has Carol Waller Pope disappeared from the FLRA web site? The author offers an explanation.

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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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