Category Archives: Bargaining Law

NEGOTIATORS, “LET’S BE CAREFUL OUT THERE.” Wandering around the streets and back alleys of a collective bargaining neighborhood can be very dangerous—even fatal to one’s future career prospects as a negotiator. A new FLRA decision reminds us of a signature … Continue reading

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THE KABOOM!!! OPTION: WHEN UNIONS BARGAIN IRRESPONSIBLY After writing about what unions can do when an agency drags its feet in term bargaining, fairness demands that we also touch on what happens when the union negotiators bargain irresponsibly, e.g., they … Continue reading

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HOW UNIONS  FORFEIT MID-TERM BARGAINING RIGHTS Although FLRA has issued close to a half-dozen decisions upholding the concept described below, unions still are making the mistake that forfeits their right to bargain over mid-term changes.  So we thought we would … Continue reading

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A QUIZ: WHEN UNIONS’ RIGHTS COLLIDE Who is right and who is wrong in this situation where the bargaining rights of two unions collided in the parking lot?  IFPTE/NAIL reached a deal with the Navy Shipyard in Newport News over … Continue reading

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A NEGOTIATOR’S WAKE UP CALL Every once in a while a case comes along that is just loaded with teaching moments for both sides and the Authority’s newest decision is one of them for negotiators on either side of the … Continue reading

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IS AGENCY USE OF GPS MONITORING I&I NEGOTIABLE? FLRA has not stepped up to this question yet, but sooner or later an agency is going to use this equipment to monitor employees conduct, if not performance. But it is fair … Continue reading

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INTERESTING DRESS CODE DECISION Several federal judges have held that the FLRA should follow closely NLRB case law precedent since the private sector law was the model for the private sector one.  The NLRB just issued an interesting decision about … Continue reading

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AGENCIES MAY HAVE TO BARGAIN WITH UNIONS OVER EMPLOYEE DATA BREACHES The NLRB recently indicated it believes employers are obligated to bargain when employee data they hold is hacked. Take a look at this article, Employers May Have to Bargain … Continue reading

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20+ FLRA PRECEDENTS UNION NEGOTIATORS MUST KNOW Collective bargaining is like a tennis match.  The two players repeatedly fire the ball at one another hoping to force a mistake, get an advantage, or just tire the other out.  Furthermore, the … Continue reading

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THE “SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE” ULP DEFENSE An agency can unilaterally implement a change in working conditions without notice to or bargaining with the union if it can show that under other laws gave had the sole and exclusive discretion to … Continue reading

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