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About AdminUN

FEDSMILL staff has over 40 years of federal sector labor relations experience on the union as well as management side of the table and even some time as a neutral.

COVID AND WORKERS’ COMP CLAIMS Thanks to one of our readers who pointed out that Federal employees can potentially qualify for Workers Compensation based on acquiring COVID.  Check out this web site for details.

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INSIDE THE MIND OF JAMES ABBOTT: MUDDLED OR MALICIOUS As time goes on it becomes clearer and clearer that it is only on a rare day that James Abbott can be called something as flattering as merely malicious.  Most of … Continue reading

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NEGOTIATING 7106(b)(1) GRADES We are going to open with the bad news.  FLRA has used the statutory provision of 7103(a)(14)(B) that excludes from the concept of conditions of employment anything “relating to the classification of any position” to pretty much … Continue reading

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UNION REP TEST #12 (Illegal Bypass and Direct Dealing) One of the harder things for managers to understand is a union’s “exclusive recognition” rights.  They just do not mean that the union is the only or exclusive organization the agency … Continue reading

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NEGOTIATING THE 7106(b)(1) “NUMBERS” OF EMPLOYEES      Biden’s Order requires agencies to negotiate over the “numbers…of employees or positions assigned to any organizational subdivisions, work project or tour of duty.” About the only way to make a numbers proposal non-negotiable is … Continue reading

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8 YEARS OF BACK PAY & CHOICE OF WORK LOCATION When a few managers at the Greenville North Carolina TSA facility decided to make life miserable for an employee merely because she wanted all the sexual harassment to stop, the … Continue reading

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OPM ADVICE TO AGENCIES ON BARGAINING 7106(b)(1) TOPICS You will hear more from us on this soon, but check out the new OPM document entitled, “Guidance for Implementation of Executive Order 14003 – Protecting the Federal Workforce,” which gives agency … Continue reading

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NEGOTIATING OVER 7106(b)(1) “TYPES” OF EMPLOYEES This post is about unions’ newly bestowed right to negotiate over the “types… of employees or positions assigned to any organizational subdivision, work project or tour of duty.”  FLRA has ruled that the word … Continue reading

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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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