Category Archives: Bargaining

WHEN PAST PRACTICE TRUMPS CONTRACT LANGUAGE What do you do if management suddenly announces that despite following a certain past practice for years, which obviously conflicted with the contract language, it is now pronouncing the past practice dead and insisting … Continue reading

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NEGOTIATIONS TRAINING BY MASTER NEGOTIATORS Ask the average LR Specialist or union rep to list the various stages of the mid-term bargaining process and you are likely to hear a list of five or six, e.g., change is proposed, the … Continue reading

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ANOTHER PRESIDENTIAL BLUNDER HANDCUFFS AGENCY MANAGERS A basic law of physics is that for every action there is an equal  and opposite reaction. The President just reconfirmed his—let’s call it unfamiliarity–of that law by appointing the most anti-union group of … Continue reading

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HE JUST PUT THE “WHOOF” IN BARGAINING You gotta love political appointees.  Some of them are just so damn much fun to watch. We opened the Washington Post recently to find that Ryan Zinke, the new “top dog” at Interior … Continue reading

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CLONING THE STATUTORY RIGHT TO BARGAIN—A PLUS OR MINUS? While the statute gives unions the right to bargain over conditions of employment, FLRA has also recognized that the parties can create an additional contractual right to negotiate. Generally, they do … Continue reading

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BEWARE THE RETROACTIVE CONTRACT CLAUSE It does not happen often, but every few years we hear about an interest arbitrator or fact-finder imposing a contract clause that has retroactive effect. For example, suppose the parties went to the FSIP in … Continue reading

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AFGE REACHES NEW AGREEMENT FOR TSA EMPLOYEES There has never been any doubt as to how much AFGE wanted to represent TSA employees once the agency was created in the aftermath of the 9/11 disaster. When Congress and a union-busting … Continue reading

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IS ALL FAIR IN LOVE, WAR AND BARGAINING?        As Congress tightens the budgetary noose around the Executive Branch of government, union negotiators need to prepare for tougher arguments from management when the union proposes an agency fund its institutional travel and … Continue reading

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THANKS, AFGE. GREAT TRAINING IDEA Maybe it due to its philosophy of inclusion, its values around openness, its bigger-than-all-the-rest-combined size, its enormous occupational complexity, or a few other things. But whatever brought it about it is a good deal for anyone … Continue reading

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WHAT CONSTITUTES “COLLECTIVE BARGAINING?”  DO YOU REALLY KNOW? Here are the facts of an interesting scenario that union negotiators need to watch out for.  The agency gave the union formal notice of a proposed change in working conditions. When the … Continue reading

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