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Category Archives: Bargaining
OUR FAVORITE APPROPRIATE ARRANGEMENT PROPOSALS (Pt. 1) Agency managers are free to change anything in an employee’s working conditions they choose (and whenever they choose) so long as they are exercising a 7106 management right. They can assign an employee new … Continue reading
COMPENSATION INCREASES UNIONS CAN BARGAIN (Pt. 2) There are around two dozen ways unions can negotiate to put extra cash in members’ pockets. In Part 1 of this two-part posting we covered 12 of them. Now for some others, some … Continue reading
COMPENSATION INCREASES UNIONS CAN BARGAIN(Pt.1) There are over two dozen ways unions can negotiate to put extra cash in members’ pockets. That is great news for employees during these times of wage freezes and yet another reason they should support … Continue reading
SEQUESTER BARGAINING STRATEGY Once management announces that a furlough is reasonably foreseeable (or any impact on unit employees is likely from sequester), the union has a right to bargain. We already shared our thoughts on some proposals to make in … Continue reading
BARGAINING FOR BACK PAY Generally, there is only one way to get back pay. You have to file a grievance, charge or some other allegation against management and, absent settlement, get an authorized neutral, such as an arbitrator, to order … Continue reading
BARGAINING OVER SEQUESTRATION’S IMPACT If your union has not demanded to bargain over the impact of the pending sequestration, do not wait much longer. The odds of it happening are so high that the union should put in its demand … Continue reading
HOW TO RESTRICT AGENCY DISCRETION IN BARGAINING One of the best things unions can do for employees is to restrict management discretion over personnel decisions. Ironically, it also is one of the best things unions can do for agencies.
THE “COVERED-BY” DEFENSE MUTATES Those of you who have to deal with the “covered-by” defense to a bargaining demand should take a look at the most recent private sector decision. It creates a third version of the doctrine that you … Continue reading
LOOK AT WHAT THE NLRB JUST DID TO BARGAINING LAW Although only FLRA sets legal policy for federal sector bargaining, it tends to follow what the NLRB does for private sector employees. Consequently, a recent Board decision might mean substantial … Continue reading
CRITICAL CONTRACT CLAUSES (#2A) – Mandatory Gainsharing Awards Given the complexity of a good Incentive Awards article, we have decided to supplement the original Awards posting #2 about Suggestion Awards. Today’s is about negotiating to give employees a guaranteed share … Continue reading