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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.

Staff Retreat On the Budapest to Bucharest Labor Relations Crawl.  Be Back in Early May.

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TEST YOURSELF: The Specific Notice Obligation  We have said it often before.  The biggest process mistake management can make while bargaining is to violate this obligation, and aggressive enforcement of this obligation by the union increases its visibility, credibility, and … Continue reading

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THE MONTROSE OPTION Given this may be the most important check a local union has on its union’s national office, we were only too glad to help when one local union recently asked us to lead it through a Montrose … Continue reading

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THE WORST CASE SCENARIO FOR ATTORNEY FEES? As we all wait to see how Abbott and Kiko put their Trumpian scent an employee’s right to get attorney fees when back pay is awarded, unions need to prepare for the worst … Continue reading

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TO THE UNBELIEVABLE AFGE. CONGRATS AGAIN!  If you have been following us for years you know that we believe the single most important indicator of a union’s quality is its membership strength. Show us a union with a long record … Continue reading

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PROMOTION ILLEGALLY DENIED DUE TO RISK OF FUTURE INJURY Promotions can be denied when an employee’s disability creates a risk of injuring himself or co-workers in the future; there does not have to be a record of past injuries. But, … Continue reading

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HAS MAX STIER HAD A STROKE? Max runs the Partnership for Public Service which, in turn, runs the annual “Best Places to Work” survey that is universally acclaimed.   However, it seems Max thinks his own survey is worthless based on … Continue reading

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TIME TO RECONSIDER THE “SEVERE & PERVASIVE” SEXUAL HARASSMENT STANDARD If you have ever represented an employee complaining about sexual harassment you know that case law requires a very high degree of proof, i.e., you must prove the improper behavior … Continue reading

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WHEN NOT TO GRIEVE WIGI DENIALS  In virtually every other situation, the rule of thumb is that the deadline for filing a grievance begins to run when the agency issues its written decision. But not when a WIGI is involved–and not knowing … Continue reading

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DALE CABANISS: RESTOCKING THE SWAMP Our Commander-in-Chief (aka The Swamp Master) is about to release another invasive, slithering marauder into his swamp.  The mere mention of her name calls to mind such environmentally destructive forces as Dutch Elm disease, feral … Continue reading

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