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About AdminUN

FEDSMILL staff has over 40 years of federal sector labor relations experience on the union as well as management side of the table and even some time as a neutral.

ON VACATION We are taking a break until mid-August in order to drag the staff around the Mediterranean on the annual Fedsmill retreat to identify new ideas. See ya.

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NEW STUDY CONFIRMS AMERICAN WORKERS ARE GETTING RIPPED OFF Here is a very interesting article from New York magazine that should prove interesting to anyone wondering about the actual facts about how employees are doing economically today.

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HOW AGENCIES BEAT THEMSELVES IN PROMOTION CASES A GS-2210 IT employee (let’s call him William) got passed over for promotion in favor of a far younger employee even though William had  worked in a similar position for over 19 years, served … Continue reading

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IS LYING THIS FLRA’S GREATEST POWER A new decision from those twin Trumpian towers of truth-lite thinking  highlights the greatest power political appointees have to abuse electoral rivals.  Kiko and Abbott wrote in DoD, 70 FLRA 654 (2018) that, “…we find that, on May 3, … Continue reading

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SEXUAL HARASSMENT QUIZ: WHO STAYS AND WHO GOES? If one employee alleges that another employee in the same office is sexually harassing him, does the Agency have to move one to another workplace while it investigates the matter?  If so, who … Continue reading

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BEWARE OF NEW PROPOSALS MADE LATE IN BARGAINING Anyone who has actually bargained knows that as bargaining nears the point of impasse, new ideas often are put on the table to get around an insurmountable objection from the other party.  For … Continue reading

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WELL, THEY DID IT AGAIN AT FLRA We’re not referring to Abbott and Kiko overturning yet another long-standing labor law principle, ruling against a union, nor even overturning an arbitrator. That is who they are and what the President expected … Continue reading

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DOES THE OSC OWE THIS BEDFORD, MA. VA EMPLOYEE AN APOLOGY AND LOTS OF CASH? Although the Privacy Act was passed over 40 years ago, that doesn’t mean that everyone is following it.  For example, the President’s newly appointed Special Counsel … Continue reading

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NAVY MANAGER DISCRIMINATES AGAINST PHILIPPINE EMPLOYEES The EEOC guidelines on English-only rules, found at 29 C.F.R. § 1606.7, state that an employer may require that employees speak English at certain times in the workplace only if the employer can show … Continue reading

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IS THE FSIP LEGALLY STAFFED? PROBABLY NOT. If Presidents ignore one tiny clause in the statute, the FSIP can be used as a political club to punish unions and the employees who support them.  After all, the President can draw all … Continue reading

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