Category Archives: FSIP

PETER SUTTON’S VERY HOT POTATO Peter, the Acting FLRA General Counsel, has a very hot potato in his lap. A case working its way through one of the regional offices stems from the fact that the FSIP ordered an agency … Continue reading

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SAY “THANKS, BUT NO THANKS” TO BACK PAY FROM FSIP OR INTEREST ARBITRATORS- Part 2 Less than a month ago we posted an article warning the parties, but particularly unions, about the potential problems with asking the Panel or interest … Continue reading

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SAY “THANKS, BUT NO THANKS” TO BACK PAY FROM FSIP OR INTEREST ARBITRATORS Few things make a union negotiator and members as happy as a Panel order that makes a pay increase retroactive. A fistful of cash relieves a lot … Continue reading

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CAN FLRA STAY IMPLEMENTATION OF A FINAL AND BINDING FSIP ORDER? Yup! It can and it has, even though it is extremely rare.  The Authority, or at least the Carol Pope Authority, covered the process in an IFPTE decisions issued … 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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HOW TO GET FLRA TO BLOCK AN FSIP DECISION More than a few parties, whether labor or management, who have lost a case before the Federal Service Impasses Panel (FSIP) have concluded that the decision is illegal, if not even … Continue reading

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WHO IS KIM MOSELEY? The very short answer is she is the new H. Joseph Schimansky who has left government to devote his last bits of knee cartilage to the Montgomery County tennis circuit before soaking up some well-deserved California … Continue reading

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WHY DOESN’T FSIP GET IT ABOUT DECISION FALLOUT? One of our continuing beefs with the Panel is that it regularly fails to consider the long-term fallout of its decisions. For example, it recently rejected a union proposal that assignments to … Continue reading

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FUBAR: FSIP’S UNICORN The Federal Service Impasses Panel (FSIP) has a unicorn that it treasures.  While the members prefer to call it their “demonstrated need criterion,” that label is merely to obscure outsiders from seeing clearly that there is nothing … Continue reading

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INTEREST ARBITRATION’S “ANGELO ANGLE”  The vast majority of neutrals brought in to settle a bargaining impasse, whether they are from FSIP or privately hired by the parties, rarely look at the impasse from what we are labeling the “Angelo Angle.” As … Continue reading

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