Category Archives: Bargaining

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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UNION NEGOTIATOR’S QUIZ Imagine you are in this situation.  You are in term negotiations and the agency refused to bargain over three provisions that have been in the agreement for more than a decade.  It claims they are suddenly non-negotiable.  … Continue reading

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HOW HERITAGE HURTS UNIONS No, we are not talking about the Heritage Foundation, which often lines up against union interests. At least not yet. The kind of heritage this piece takes aim at are all the attributes of a union … Continue reading

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TALK IS OK, BUT FILING IS NECESSARY When management does something the union disagrees with, it if fine to try to settle the matter without formally filing a grievance, bargaining demand, ULP, etc. A new FLRA decision, however, makes it … Continue reading

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CONGRATS TO NWSEO ON DECISION-MAKING OPENNESS It is easy to keep union members, even stewards and some officers, in the dark about what is happening in the bargaining table to revise the current term contract.  In fact, hoarding information about … Continue reading

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