Category Archives: FSIP

AFGE’S STROKE OF LITIGATION GENIUS FLRA Member Jim Abbott wanders around town declaring that he is a “strict constructionist” or someone to applies the law as it is written without much, if any, consideration of tradition, common sense, legislative history, … Continue reading

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HAS FSIP VIOLATED THE LAW ON OFFICIAL TIME? FSIP has the statutory power to “take whatever action is necessary” to settle a bargaining impasse. (See 5 USC 7119(c)(5)(B)(iii))  But it does not have unlimited power. The rest of that statutory … Continue reading

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WELCOME BACK, CARTER: FSIP, ICE, & AFGE  Someone needs to check where Mark Carter, the Chair of the FSIP, went to law school. Given his string of seemingly illegal decisions recently, our best guess is it was at Trump University. … 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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THINGS MARK CARTER DOESN’T GET Mark Carter earns his living working for a law firm that brags about its ability to fight unions, not provide a balanced, low conflict, workplace. So, it should surprise no one that his gut reaction … Continue reading

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BEWARE OF NEW PROPOSALS MADE LATE IN BARGAINING Anyone who has actually bargained knows that as bargaining nears the point of impasse, new ideas often are put on the table to get around an insurmountable objection from the other party.  For … Continue reading

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IS THE FSIP LEGALLY STAFFED? PROBABLY NOT. If Presidents ignore one tiny clause in the statute, the FSIP can be used as a political club to punish unions and the employees who support them.  After all, the President can draw all … Continue reading

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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN “COVERED BY” MEETS IMPASSE? The quick answer is “Nothing good for the union.”  Let’s assume that the parties have been bargaining over a 10-issue mid-term MOU, have agreement on five of the issues and disagree on the … Continue reading

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