Category Archives: FSIP

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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SAY “THANKS, BUT NO THANKS” TO BACK PAY FROM FSIP OR INTEREST ARBITRATORS Few things make a union negotiator and members as happy as a Panel order that makes a pay increase retroactive. A fistful of cash relieves a lot … Continue reading

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FSIP THUMBS ITS NOSE AT FLRA For over two decades FLRA has been issuing decisions outlining how an agency wishing to raise a “covered-by” defense to a union’s demand to bargain must meet the following test: ”If the agreement does … Continue reading

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PANEL COVERS OVER ILLEGAL MANAGEMENT MANEUVER FSIP is quickly stacking up examples of its extreme bias on behalf of management.  Its latest stunt was to cover up, gloss over, steer around, compensate for, etc. an open and shut agency violation of … Continue reading

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