Category Archives: Bargaining Law

WHOPPER OF A REMEDY AGAINST INFAMOUS AGENCY Off the top of our head, we can’t think of an agency that did more to recklessly follow the labor relations advice of the last White House Administration – even though any LR … Continue reading

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UNION NEGOTIATORS MUST READ AND STUDY THIS CASE FLRA just issued a decision loaded with lessons for union negotiators. It involved an agency unilaterally implementing ground rules for the renegotiation of the term agreement.  The agency threw the proverbial kitchen … Continue reading

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TRUMP’S UNION REMEDIES TURN OUT TO BE AGENCY COLONOSCOPIES At the urging of several right-wing clans Trump prescribed changes via Executive Orders designed to crush federal sector labor unions’ bargaining power. To those of us who read, it was totally … Continue reading

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BARGAINING OVER THE “METHOD AND MEANS” OF PERFORMING WORK President Biden just gave unions the right to bargain over the method and means of doing work, but not a lot of union reps know what that term includes. That is … Continue reading

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HOW TO LOSE MILLIONS FOR MEMBERS Recently, an agency served notice on each of the two unions that represent its employees that it plans to cut the awards program funding nearly in half. It currently distributes annually an amount of … Continue reading

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70-PLUS ELEMENTS OF NEGOTIATIONS LAW If you want to be a highly skilled negotiator–or just avoid being taken to the cleaners in a bargaining relationship–you had better know about the many, many points in the bargaining process where the law … Continue reading

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OH, HOW THEY LIE FLRA Member Kiko made a point on her bio to mention that in her spare time she works with her church’s women’s group and Member Abbott majored in religion. Yet, these self-promoting theists have no problem … Continue reading

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UNION’S OPTIONS WHEN AN AGREEMENT PROVISION IS DECLARED UNENFORCEABLE FLRA long ago ruled that even if an agency agreed to a particular agreement provision (or FSIP imposed it) and the agency head approved it as legal, the agency can declare … Continue reading

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WHEN IS AN AGENCY PROPOSAL EVIDENCE OF BAD FAITH BARGAINING?  If you are looking for proof that the agency has engaged in bad faith bargaining, be sure to examine the proposals it has made. The courts have held in the … Continue reading

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WHAT IS SURFACE BARGAINING?  To begin, it is illegal.  It is also what Trump’s executive orders virtually mandate that all management negotiators do.  Finally, it is something union negotiators should learn to recognize because it could be the key to … Continue reading

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