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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.

THE OPTION OF WORK WHILE ON FMLA LEAVE We recommend that advocates on both sides of the table check out this post from the folks at JacksonLewis, who get paid to advise managers. It raises the idea that unions could … Continue reading

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YO-YO KA IS NO YO YO MA While the world of music is blessed with the genius of Yo Yo Ma,  the Federal LMR community is stuck with the screeching of Yo-Yo KA.  Kiko and Abbott (aka The KA), our … Continue reading

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BORDER PATROL CAUGHT VIOLATING CIVIL RIGHTS OF ITS OWN A Border Patrol supervisor initiated an investigation of a subordinate claiming that Complainant exhibited “lack of candor.” But EEOC found it was done solely because the employee had named the supervisor … Continue reading

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WHEN AGENCY AWARDS DISCRIMINATE Unless the union has negotiated a criteria for granting awards or other safeguards agencies are largely free to do what they want with awards—unless the employee can find that s/he was treated differently than someone in … Continue reading

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EEOC PAYS LOSERS TOO Suppose an employee files an EEO charge or grievance over a denied promotion and the judge finds that there was discrimination in how the employee and other candidates were treated. But also assume that the judge … Continue reading

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NFFE, NON-DISCRIMINATION AND THE NLRB Way back in 1986 NFFE demanded an agency give it data on employees so that it could pursue civil rights claims on their behalf, and FLRA upheld the union’s ground breaking logic then as well as two … Continue reading

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ATTORNEY FEE TURMOIL AHEAD? In NAGE and DOD, DLA, 69 FLRA 572 (2016) the Authority signaled that it is willing to reconsider the criteria for approving employee attorney fee petitions. Given the pre-disposition of the two Trump appointees, Kiko and Abbott, unions and … Continue reading

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HOW UNIONS CAN BOOST MEMBERSHIP AND OFFICIAL TIME Now that FSIP has announced that it is going to reduce unions’ official time allotment if the unions do not increase their activity on behalf of employees, unions need to step up … Continue reading

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WHAT IS CO-WORKER HARASSMENT? This VA case will give you a good idea. In a case of co-worker harassment, an agency is responsible for acts of harassment in the workplace where the agency (or its agents) knew or should have … Continue reading

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WE STAND CORRECTED; CONGRATS NFFE! No sooner had we posted the story about AFGE reporting 18 consecutive years of membership growth and concluded that they outdid everyone else then we learned that NFFE rocked the federal sector labor community by … Continue reading

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