Maybe it due to its philosophy of inclusion, its values around openness, its bigger-than-all-the-rest-combined size, its enormous occupational complexity, or a few other things. But whatever brought it about it is a good deal for anyone with an interest in the mechanics of federal sector collective bargaining. AFGE has posted a Bargaining Tool Kit that includes some very well done Youtube videos

  • explaining the overarching legal structure of bargaining;
  • clarifying the distinctions among mandatory, permissive and illegal subjects of bargaining;
  • listing the elements of advance notice that agencies must provide before making changes;
  • showing how to avoid the traps in impact and implementation bargaining;
  • debunking the image of management rights; and
  • outlining how bargaining can be a part of two fundamentally different ways to run a union.

Unless you have about three years of almost non-stop bargaining experience under your belt, this is something you want to watch no matter what side of the bargaining table you sit on. We owe AFGE a debt for making this widely available, rather than hiding it behind a members-only filter.  It is a wonderful supplement to the documents that the FLRA General Counsel shop already makes available to those interested in learning about the details of collective bargaining.

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