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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.

QUIZ: WHAT IS WRONG WITH UNION REPS? Please excuse our frustration, but it very painful to read about cases that unions lost but easily could have won if they drafted the grievance correctly. Union reps need to protect themselves from … Continue reading

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SSA & AFGE: FSIP BIGOTRY GONE WILD You can almost always rely on zealots to overreach.  In fact, it is their greatest weakness and typically exposes a core bigotry. The new SSA-AFGE Panel decision is a great example of that. … Continue reading

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SSA & AFGE: PITY THE POOR PANEL ZEALOTS Zealots can be at their most dangerous when they actually know something about law and regulation.  When they don’t, they just look foolish and wind up hurting the people they want to … Continue reading

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THE LIMITS OF BACK PAY ORDERS Dear Fedsmill, I just saw the Authority’s May 22, 2019 decision in which it chose not to enforce a 2017 FSIP final order.  That order required an agency to implement a salary increase retroactive … Continue reading

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FLRA SMACKS DOWN FSIP ON “TENTATIVELY AGREED” ISSUES On May 22, the Authority told FSIP that it does not have the power to order the parties to implement those issues tentatively agreed before they came to the Panel to settle … Continue reading

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THE ILLEGAL “100% HEALED” RULE Suppose your agency required employees to be 100% medically fit to do all aspects of the job before it would let them return from sick or FMLA leave.  This rule could apply to feds guarding … Continue reading

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10 THINGS TO DO AT FORMAL MEETINGS Unions make serious mistakes when they fail to cover every formal meeting in their unit or when they fail to train their stewards in how to tap the full potential value of these … Continue reading

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PROBATIONER REINSTATED BY EEOC At the time of events giving rise to this complaint, Marquis was a probationary employee working as a Shipfitter Apprentice in the Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNYS or Shipyard) in Portsmouth, Virginia.

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FORBES MAGAZINE AGREES WITH FEDSMILL Earlier this month we felt it important enough to remind readers that the EEOC and the U.S. Courts are putting a lot of pressure on employers to stop using phony-baloney, non-specific, smoke-and mirrors rating criteria … Continue reading

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WHAT IS AN FMLA “QUALIFYING EXIGENCY”? The very loose answer is that it is a near emergency situation where the employee is entitled to FMLA time-off.  But the folks at the JacksonLewis law firm have put together a more complete … Continue reading

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