Monthly Archives: March 2015

HOW MANAGEMENT KEEPS UNION MEMBERSHIP LOW If you have been following us for a while you know we have often publicly expressed our anguish over union locals where the percentage of unit employees who are union members is less than … Continue reading

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GOOD NEWS FOR UNION  TRUE BELIEVERS Thanks to the Washington Post for an article Sunday about how the thousands of temporary employees Microsoft hires through contractors, to avoid giving them the Microsoft benefits, have unionized and just won the right … Continue reading

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CAN THIS EMPLOYEE BE REFUSED UNION MEMBERSHIP? Suppose a non-unit employee in your agency was so angry with your union that he put the following message on his Facebook page addressing the members of your local: “rise up and create … Continue reading

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COULD THIS HAPPEN TO YOUR LOCAL? The following statement appears on a local union’s web site:  “Per IRS law, we are required to inform the membership of …. Local …  that as of May15, 2012 this local lost its tax-exempt … Continue reading

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REASSIGNMENT VIA THE EEO ROUTE What’s a guy to do when his wife, who works for the same agency as he does, is transferred from San Diego to Washington, DC, he applies for a reassignment to DC himself under the … Continue reading

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MILESTONE MARCH March 2015 has been a very good month for FEDSMILL.com.  We posted our 500th article since beginning this venture in September 2011.  We also set a new personal record for the number of articles read in a single … Continue reading

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DUTY TIME AND THE NCAA TOURNAMENT As March Madness continues to escalate over the next two weeks, there will inevitably be employees disciplined for checking in on their favorite team on duty time via agency computers. So, we thought we … Continue reading

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THE RIGHT TO A SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETER EEOC has said it all before, but yet another agency needed it said again when an employee with a severe hearing disability was not provided a sign language interpreter. EEOC pointed out that … Continue reading

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FORMER EXECUTIVE VP PROPOSES NTEU CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS Frank Ferris, former National Executive VP of NTEU, spent 38 years with NTEU operating under a union constitution put in place in the mid-60s.  The 60’s were very different times for NTEU.  It … Continue reading

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EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT BLOG The Feds have adopted the employee engagement concept.  Some do a good job; others are just terrible at it.  Many locals around the country have appointed someone below the level of the president to take the lead … Continue reading

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