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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.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN “COVERED BY” MEETS IMPASSE? The quick answer is “Nothing good for the union.”  Let’s assume that the parties have been bargaining over a 10-issue mid-term MOU, have agreement on five of the issues and disagree on the … Continue reading

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PRESIDENT DISPLAYS GROSS IGNORANCE OF LR Trump recently issued three Executive Orders aimed at punishing federal employees, who he prefers to call the “deep state,” and the unions that represent them. By this time it should surprise no one that … Continue reading

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WITH FLRA ENCOURAGEMENT AGENCY SHOOTS ITSELF IN FOOT DURING BARGAINING After a long winter’s nap during which it did not issue a decision for two months, the FLRA ALJ shop has rejoined active society with a decision that exposes a … Continue reading

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AGENCY OBLIGATIONS AT THE END OF THE 12 WEEK FMLA PERIOD The folks at JacksonLewis law firm have put out a series of posts to alert primarily managers to mistakes they can commit when administering FMLA.  Their 15th post highlights what the employer … Continue reading

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FINGERS, THUMBS, NEGOTIABILITY AND IMPASSE Both labor-management parties are regularly guilty of missing the very significant distinction between a proposal being “non-negotiable” versus the agency having “no obligation to bargain” over it.  The pre-impasse bargaining process permits parties to use … Continue reading

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HOW EEOC PROTECTS FORMER EMPLOYEES A former employee has 45 days after s/he leaves an agency to file a complaint over some discriminatory treatment.  That can be extended if the employee only learned of the discrimination after the 45th day.  … Continue reading

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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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