Category Archives: Arbitration

TIMELINESS OF GRIEVANCES VERSUS REMEDY TIME PERIODS: LMR RUSSIAN ROULETTE Let’s assume that a union filed a timely institutional grievance on May 1, 2014 claiming that its members had been denied full travel mileage reimbursement as required by the agreement … Continue reading

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ORGANIZING YOUR ARBITRATION CASE – THE BASIC CHECKLIST (Guest Contributor) You’ve taken your grievance through the contractual process without resolving it, and have now scheduled an arbitration on the matter.  How should your prepare? Is there a way to ensure … Continue reading

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WANT TO KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT A POTENTIAL ARBITRATOR—FOR FREE? Many times a year unions try to find out more about an arbitrator before they pick him/her to serve on a permanent panel or just to do a case.  The AFL-CIO … Continue reading

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ARBITRATION DISPUTES INSIDE UNIONS How do unions handle dispute when local reps want to take a case to arbitration and the regional or national reps do not?  Well, it turns out there are a variety of ways ranging from the … Continue reading

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HOW TO INTERPRET CONTRACTS AND LAWS A recent post about two FLRA members declaring the placement of a single letter in the labor law to be so significant as to make clear and unambiguous the answer to three substantial labor … Continue reading

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CRITICAL CONTRACT CLAUSES (#3) – Creative Arbitration Provisions Every federal sector contract has an arbitration clause, but a lot of them have not changed much in decades despite a raft of problems with the process, e.g., slow arbitrators, FLRA reversals … Continue reading

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NTEU’S “ALVARA-RASSENFOSS” DILEMMA One thing that distinguishes NTEU from almost every other multi-local union operating in the federal sector is that the decision to arbitrate a case in any unit is made by NTEU’s National President, the highest officer in … Continue reading

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ADVOCATES’ ALERT: AT LEAST MAKE THE ARGUMENT The Authority just posted a new decision and the lesson for advocates on either side of the arbitration table is that they should get all their arguments on the record, even if they … Continue reading

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WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU STORM OUT OF AN ARBITRATION HEARING? Whether it is the union or management refusing to participate and whether it is a grievance arbitration or an interest arbitration, the answer is the same.  It is a very … Continue reading

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THE APPROXIMATE REMEDY Too many arbitration cases have come before the FLRA where the union failed to ask for a tough enough remedy.  Often, it appears the union concluded that it would be too tough to prove precisely what would … Continue reading

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