Category Archives: Bargaining Proposals

WE COULD NOT AGREE MORE A whole new area of HR/ER/LR knowledge is opening up that creates the potential for union leaders to fall even farther behind the expertise curve. Once managers get up to speed with it, do not … Continue reading

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OUR FAVORITE APPROPRIATE ARRANGEMENT PROPOSALS (Pt. 3 – Union Needs) Unions and their reps can be just as impacted by a proposed agency management rights change as any other bargaining unit employees.  Consequently, the FLRA allows unions to make bargaining … Continue reading

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OUR FAVORITE APPROPRIATE ARRANGEMENT PROPOSALS (Pt. 2- Postponing Implementation) When management finally notifies the union of a proposed midterm change it wishes to make pursuant to its 7106 management rights, it usually is very eager to implement it.  Often, it is … Continue reading

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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

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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

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CRITICAL CONTRACT CLAUSES (#2)- Mandatory Suggestion Awards Agencies pay consulting firms millions to suggest ways to improve operations. But very few union contracts force agencies to fairly compensate its own employees when their suggestions are accepted–and that is hurting employees … Continue reading

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25 CRITICAL CONTRACT CLAUSES SERIES Union leaders need to constantly update their bargaining demands–and FEDSMILL.com wants to help. The members’ needs change constantly as do their agency leaders.  New technology reshapes their work environment regularly, as do annual budget fights . Even the … Continue reading

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CRITICAL CONTRACT CLAUSES (#1)-Job Swaps Why should not employees have a right to swap jobs, e.g., a GS-318-05 Secretary in one office on the west side of the city swapping with a GS- 318-05 on the east side of town–or … Continue reading

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A NEGOTIATOR’S ROOKIE MISTAKE & APPROPRIATE ARRANGEMENTS This is one of those case law precedents that union negotiators cannot hear enough. If your proposals are all non-negotiable, you give the employer the right to unilaterally implement its proposed midterm change. … Continue reading

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SOFTENING SUSPENSIONS In 1994 MSPB announced that when it had the power to impose adverse action agencies were required to have an employee serve his/her suspension on consecutive days, rather than let the employer serve a few days of a … Continue reading

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