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OOPS! OUR MISTAKE, BUT YOU STILL OWE UNCLE SAM THOUSANDS More than a few federal employees have been in this situation.  They got an increase in their pay check for what they thought was a long overdue raise, an award, a grievance … Continue reading

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WHAT IS A PROPHYLACTIC PROPOSAL? It is not only something union negotiators can use to protect members from the adverse effects of a management intrusion into their lives, but also something the FLRA endorses.  (This is a republication of a … Continue reading

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CBP’S HAIL MARY PASS BLOWN DEAD You needn’t have stayed on top of federal sector labor relations developments over the last decade to know that Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is involved in a ton of litigation with the unions … Continue reading

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SELL-OUT UNIONISM Assume for a minute that something like this message popped up in our mail last weekend: “My union won a huge arbitration case for a group of us whose career ladder promotions have been habitually delayed. I was … Continue reading

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STORIES COMING AFTER THE HOLIDAYS Against our better judgment we have decided to give in to staff demands for time off during the holidays. We probably could have coerced the Marketing, PR, IT, News, Editorial and Admin staffs into staying, … Continue reading

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FAREWELL COLLEEN KELLEY AND THANKS In a little less than 60 days, Colleen Kelley, National President of NTEU and one of the more visible figures in federal sector labor relations, will retire after 16 years in that job. So, we … Continue reading

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WERE THESE NON-SELECTED EMPLOYEES ADEQUATELY COUNSELED BY MANAGEMENT? Below are three paraphrased explanations Selecting Officials gave EEOC for not selecting three promotion applicants. Let’s assume that the Selecting Officials were just as open with the non-selected employees before EEOC got involved, took … Continue reading

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ANOTHER AMAZING AFGE ACCOMPLISHMENT If your read Joe Davidson’s column in Washington Post on February 16th, you already know about AFGE’s latest achievement in Homeland Security. We know it is a blockbuster because we cannot think of the last time … Continue reading

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FEDERAL EMPLOYEES LEGAL SURVIVAL GUIDE REPUBLISHED A tip of the hat to the law firm of Passman & Kaplan for its new book entitled, FEDERAL EMPLOYEES LEGAL SURVIVAL GUIDE (3rd ed.).  The firm, whose lawyers only represent employees and unions, has produced … Continue reading

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MSPB RECKLESSLY DENIES CBP OFFICERS DISABILITY RIGHTS MSPB just took away from Customs and Border Protection Officers a right many other federal employees have under the disability discrimination laws to a particular accommodation.  It is charitable to characterize the Board’s … Continue reading

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