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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.

RETURNING TO A WORKABLE 7116(d) FORUM SELECTION ANALYSIS What if you want to file a grievance and a ULP with FLRA over the same incident? For example, suppose you want to challenge a member’s suspension as a violation of the … Continue reading

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WHAT IS SURFACE BARGAINING? It is an illegal form of bargaining.  It is used to delay bargaining progress.  It can be very costly to a union. It makes the union look powerless in front of its members. What follows is … Continue reading

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WHY EEO ALLEGATIONS ARE A GOOD GAMBLE TO TAKE Private law firms are taking in bundles of attorney fees representing federal employees in EEO complaints. This  is money unions could be collecting along with the positive publicity of tangibly helping … Continue reading

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THE FLRA UPDATES ITS NEGOTIABILITY REGS, E-FILING SYSTEM, AND FORMS If you sit on a lot of bargaining teams and especially if you serve as the union’s chief spokesperson, this is important for you.  As the title states, FLRA has … Continue reading

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PAY ATTENTION TO DUBESTER’S BAT  SIGNAL Ernest Dubester led a one-man unprecedented campaign to stop what was probably the most unethical reign of anti-union revenge the FLRA ever witnessed. But he was only one vote against those of two others … Continue reading

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WHAT IS A GRIEVANCE RECOVERY PERIOD? The FLRA has said that it “specifically distinguished between contractual back pay recovery periods and contractual time periods for filing grievances.” Consequently, we practitioners had better know the difference, particularly when we sit down to write a … Continue reading

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FEDS SCRAMBLE TO SAVE THEIR STALKER’S DREAMS About two weeks ago we posted about how the Governor of Florida is threatening to “slit the throat” of federal employees if he is elected president. Yet, as I write this, thousands of … Continue reading

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OVER AT AFGE, WOW! I was talking with two long-time AFGE national staff leaders last week about the state of federal labor relations when I remembered how that union had the classiest training program for local leaders when I broke … Continue reading

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A CASE OF OLD-FASHION EEO REPRISAL I like to think that knuckle-dragging managers are fewer and fewer these days, but then a case like this comes along.  A Navy employee, Cory, was upset about being passed over for promotion and … Continue reading

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CBP MANAGEMENT AGAIN SHOOTS WILDLY FROM THE HIP  While bargaining unit Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officers must meet a very high standard for firearm accuracy, my more than 40 years of experience with CBP demonstrated that CBP managers often … Continue reading

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