Category Archives: Union Rights

CAN YOU RECORD MANAGEMENT MEETINGS WITH AUDIO AND/OR VIDEO? FLRA sure has not decided whether feds can do this, but at least one federal circuit court has just decided that private sector employees can pursuant to their labor law rights … Continue reading

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PIZZELLA ON THE CONDUCT OF UNION REPS Over time the Authority has offered practitioners a reasonably workable, four-factor criteria for finding the balance between a union rep’s behavior that the Statute protects, and misconduct that impinges upon the agency’s right … Continue reading

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UNION STAFF ARE PROTECTED FROM AGENCY CHANGES TOO FLRA popped out an interesting case just before time ran out in 2016 that addressed an agency’s ability to change how it deals with union staff who are not now (and maybe … Continue reading

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WHAT HAPPENS NOW? Having lived through a few White House changes, we thought we would share what we know about what will happen next in the federal sector labor relations arena. In the next week or so the President-elect’s team … Continue reading

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RETIRED STEWARDS’ AND OFFICERS’ JOBS JUST GOT TOUGHER In the early days of the labor law, FLRA made it quite clear that former employees or even those who had never been employed by a federal agency could hold any representational … Continue reading

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CAN AGENCIES BAN RECORDING DEVICES IN THE WORKPLACE? For generations employers had the unquestioned right to prohibit employees from using or even bringing recording devices into the job site—although employers could use them if they wished on or against employees. … Continue reading

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FIVE UNION RIGHTS YOU MAY NOT REMEMBER We all know that union activists cannot be fired, denied a benefit, or even poorly evaluated if the decision is based on or even related to our choice to be union activist.  But … Continue reading

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AN OPEN LETTER FROM UNION REPRESENTATIVES Outlined below is a draft of an e-mail message, flyer, posting, etc. that any union could use to remind the average unit employees how much more power union representatives have than employees, private attorneys, … Continue reading

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TIME TO REST We just put out our 300th postings and consider this as good a time to rest as any.  See you after Labor Day.

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WHY UNION REPS NEED LAWYERS HANDY FEDSMILL makes no secret of the fact that we think unions have to reorganize themselves in order to make attorneys more available to local chapter presidents and chief stewards. We even believe that organized … Continue reading

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