Monthly Archives: February 2021

WHERE DO YOU BARGAIN PERMISSIVE ISSUES? A lot of local unions think that they can approach their local management counterparts and demand to open bargaining over the permissive topics President Biden just made mandatory subjects of bargaining.  NOT TRUE! The … Continue reading

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EEOC ORDERS AGENCY TO RESTORE HIGHER GRADED DUTIES TO EMPLOYEES EEOC recently caught the managers at the Voice of American using a not so common trick to deny a couple of employees promotions.  The managers simply withdrew certain duties from … Continue reading

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BARGAINING OVER THE “TECHNOLOGY” OF PERFORMING WORK Yes, we hear that a lot of agencies out there are dragging their feet about engaging in permissive bargaining.  Unions will just have to keep pushing the issue through the grievance procedure alleging … Continue reading

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EEOC HIGHLIGHTS TWO REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION PRECEDENTS When an employee asked for a change in her work schedule because of her medical condition, but did not technically request a “reasonable accommodation” for a disability, the agency concluded it did not have … Continue reading

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HOW TO BARGAIN OVER PERMISSIVE SUBJECTS NOW President Biden has made the decision on behalf of all federal managers to elect to bargain over those subjects the statute identifies as permissively negotiable with the agency. (They are also known as … Continue reading

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BARGAINING OVER THE “METHOD AND MEANS” OF PERFORMING WORK President Biden just gave unions the right to bargain over the method and means of doing work, but not a lot of union reps know what that term includes. That is … Continue reading

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HOW INTERIOR PASSED OVER A GAY FIRE ENGINE CAPTAIN FOR PROMOTION It happens all too often to gays, women, minorities, union reps, the disabled, seniors and others considered too different from those with the power to make decisions – and … Continue reading

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“CBP NATION”- A MANAGEMENT FACEBOOK PAGE Some managers in a Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Patrol Texas port set up a Facebook page allegedly as “an outreach program for suicide prevention and awareness” for current and former employees.  It had … Continue reading

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