Category Archives: Bargaining

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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HOW TO REACH TERM AGREEMENT QUICKLY The single most pernicious, if not malignant, aspect of the American collective bargaining process is the ability of one party to drag out bargaining to drive up the other party’s costs and pain. Why? … Continue reading

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AFGE GETS MEMBERS MORE TIME OFF Long ago the Social Security Administration scheduled employees’ lunch periods for them and some people did not get 30 minute unpaid lunch until seven hours into their shift. Their union, AFGE, came up with … Continue reading

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NEWEST IRS-NTEU TERM AGREEMENT NOW AVAILABLE ON-LINE One of the federal sector’s bellwether agreements has been renegotiated, implemented and put out there for other units to review. Those of you entering your own term negotiations might want to look it … Continue reading

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FLRA OFFERS TUTORIAL SLIDES FOR BARGAINING OVER OFFICE MOVES While we are not about to call it absolutely the best advice any LR practitioner can get on how to bargain over office moves, if you are involved in that situation … Continue reading

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10 BARGAINING ISSUES AROUND PHASED RETIREMENT Now that OPM has finally issued regulations to implement the phased retirement program (PRP), it is time for unions to prepare bargaining demands. Here are some that would be on our list.

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AGENCY HEAD APPROVAL OF LOCAL AGREEMENTS The 5 USC 7117(c) rules for approving agreements negotiated at the level of exclusive recognition are well- known, e.g., an agency head has thirty days to disapprove a negotiated agreement, the agency must serve … Continue reading

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WHO IS ROB ARNOLD? There are three things.  First, he is on NFFE’s National Executive Board as a National Vice President, learning  the ropes of national leadership and dealing with problems outside his own local. Second, he is also President … Continue reading

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OVERVIEW OF NEW NTEU-IRS CONTRACT Any time one of the larger, federal sector bargaining units signs a new contract it is a big deal for everyone.   The novel provisions will be cited by unions or management at other bargaining tables … Continue reading

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