Category Archives: Bargaining

WHY NEGOTIATE OVER MIDTERM AGENCY CHANGES? Some unions are very aggressive about demanding to bargain over every management-proposed midterm change while others act like these changes are not worth their time—and we never understood the latter group.  Those unions are … Continue reading

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FLRA WEAPONIZES FSIP AGAINST UNIONS IN FEA CASE There are at least three ways a union can be treated illegally at the FSIP.  First, the agency can engage in bad faith bargaining that poisons the entire proceedings. Second, the Panel … Continue reading

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IMPASSE CRACKERS What’s an impasse cracker?  It is one of those tactics seasoned negotiators pull out when bargaining seems hopelessly deadlocked to create an agreement. has listed some of our favorites for you to consider and use.

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“IT’S ALIVE!”  NOT FRANKENSTEIN’S MONSTER, BUT FSIP After months of deconstructing the existing hideous monster that plundered the L-M communities far and wide, President Biden has finished scouring the countryside for new parts, stitched them together, and sent his own … 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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HOW TO BARGAIN OVER PERMISSIVE SUBJECTS NOW President Biden has made the decision on behalf of all federal managers to elect to bargain over those subjects the statute identifies as permissively negotiable with the agency. (They are also known as … Continue reading

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CORE UNIONS LIST DEMANDS TO RETURN TO OFFICE Twenty-four (24) unions that form the core of the federal employee labor movement as members of the Federal Workers Alliance, composed of unions in and outside of the AFL-CIO, have listed for … Continue reading

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NEGOTIATING COVID-19 IMPACT ISSUES Once our President has completed his Clorox Chewables treatments we can expect him to order the feds to head back to the office—if for no other reason than he needs that PR to boost the pressure … Continue reading

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FSIP, DE FACTO NEGOTIABILITY DISPUTES & ULP’s Agencies are obligated by executive order to refuse to negotiate over certain union proposals. So, what happens if a union makes proposals that directly clash with the provisions of Trump’s executive orders? One … 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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