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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.

WHEN TO TELL THE FSIP TO TAKE A LEAP Mark Carter has been a faithful lapdog of the right-wing community that seeks to bankrupt and otherwise crush unions. He has maintained the practice of finding against unions 90% of the … Continue reading

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FIVE UNION RIGHTS YOU MAY NOT REMEMBER We all know that union activists cannot be fired, denied a benefit, or even poorly evaluated if the decision is based on or even related to their choice to be union activist.  But … Continue reading

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WHEN MANAGERS EVALUATE BASED ON A SAMPLE OF YOUR WORK. Pass this on to Unit Members: Managers cannot legally just select a few cases or days you worked on during the year to write your annual evaluation. The law, regulations … Continue reading

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DISMISSED PROBATIONER GETS 8 YEARS BACK PAY & BENEFITS Pass This On To Unit Members: Can a probationary employee appeal his/her termination?  You bet s/he can.  In fact, there are more than a dozen different arguments a probationer can raise.  … Continue reading

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TEST YOURSELF, UNION REP (Religious Accommodation) QUESTION: An employee calls her union rep, you, on the phone to ask if anything can be done to help her comply with the demands of her faith.  She practices Islam and is at … Continue reading

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FED EX FLIPS FEDS THE BIRD The New York Times just published a headline story entitled, “How Fed Ex Cut Its Tax Bill to Zero.” But we think a better title for the federal employee community would be the one … Continue reading

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25 MANAGEMENT ACTIONS FEDERAL EMPLOYEES COMMONLY GRIEVE PASS ME ON TO UNIT MEMBERS– You may never have filed a grievance challenging a management decision, but thousands of federal employees do each year and many get the corrective action they wanted—whether … Continue reading

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TEST YOURSELF, UNION REP (Remedies) QUESTION: An employee stops her union rep, you, in the cafeteria to report that her manager will no longer let her telework the three days a week she has for the last year. H he … Continue reading

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WHY FEDSMILL WILL EXISTS EVEN AFTER THE 1,000 POSTS TO DATE Although management usually has more power than employees, a union rep with expert knowledge of what law, regulation and contract already entitled employees to and who knows multiple ways … Continue reading

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DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE DUAL NATURE OF LABOR AGREEMENTS? FLRA just issued a decision in which it upheld an agency’s right to unilaterally terminate the terms of an existing labor agreement because the labor agreement said either party had the … Continue reading

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