Monthly Archives: October 2015

BEWARE AN ARBITRATOR’S BACK PAY “COMPROMISE” In late August a case came rolling out of FLRA that has the potential to confuse lots of practitioners. The arbitrator found that the agency had not properly compensated an employee for 12 years … Continue reading

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THE CASE OF THE SIAMESE TWINS What else would you call a situation where a union files two grievances covering the same employees for the same time period alleging violations of the same general areas of the contract, law and … Continue reading

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BORDER PATROL COUNCIL OVERCOMES CBP DWI ARREST FLRA just published a decision describing how the AFGE Border Patrol Council very skillfully overturned a Customs and Border Protection employee’s five-day suspension for failing a field sobriety test while off duty and … Continue reading

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THE $796.00 PER HOUR FEDERAL JOB Did you know that the feds routinely pay up to $796.00 per hour for some work? It is not for the President’s work. Obama only gets $200 an hour calculated against a work year … Continue reading

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WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS BEHAVIOR? A newly hired employee of the Border Patrol asked for a reasonable accommodation because he had a learning disability. An agency psychiatrist diagnosed him as having a learning disability involving his reading, slow rate … Continue reading

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6 WORKPLACE MYTHS YOU NEED TO STOP BELIEVING Union and agency leaders spend endless hours arguing about how to make the job more satisfying for employees while simultaneously making the employee more productive. Most of their conversations derail because of … Continue reading

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AFGE PRECEDENT LEADS TO CONTRACTING OUT BACK PAY VICTORY There have been a half-dozen or so cases over the years where unions have tried to get back pay for bargaining unit employees when the agency contracted out some or all … Continue reading

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