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

By on November 4, 2010 in Human Resources with 0 Comments

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

By on October 20, 2010 in Human Resources with 0 Comments

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

By on July 29, 2010 in Human Resources with 0 Comments

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?

By on June 10, 2010 in Human Resources with 0 Comments

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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