Category Archives: Grievance/Arbitration

OOPS, THEY DID IT AGAIN. SELECTING OFFICIALS WHO CAN’T EXPLAIN THEIR ACTIONS Like Brittany Spears’ song, some selecting officials are still getting “lost in the game,”  and in the process hurting those around them.  In this case, an over 40 … Continue reading

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GRIEVANCE STRATEGY ISSUES – Part 4 Every contract we have ever seen requires the grievance to describe the alleged violation. Again, that sounds like an easy thing to do, but there are some traps to watch for.  Let’s go back … Continue reading

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GRIEVANCE STRATEGY ISSUES – Part 3 The third typical requirement of every grievance is that the union note the date of the alleged violation or the date it became aware of the violation. Not only can that be more complicated … Continue reading

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Part 2- GRIEVANCE STRATEGY ISSUES Now let’s turn to the common labor agreement requirement that the grievance include “the article(s) and section(s) violated.” Again, this sounds simple and very often is, but there are important exceptions.

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GRIEVANCE STRATEGY OPTIONS TO CONSIDER  – Part 1 Most labor-management agreements list a few simple items that must be addressed to file a valid grievance, e.g., 1- name of the grievant, 2- agreement article and section violated, 3- date of … Continue reading

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HOW TO AVOID THE “EXCESSIVE INTERFERENCE LITE” TRAP IN ARBITRATION Now that Trump’s two operatives on the FLRA have made clear their intention to weaken unions and collective bargaining, unions would be wise to counter the pending onslaught of precedent-trashing … Continue reading

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INSIDE THE MIND OF JAMES ABBOTT: MUDDLED OR MALICIOUS As time goes on it becomes clearer and clearer that it is only on a rare day that James Abbott can be called something as flattering as merely malicious.  Most of … Continue reading

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ARE UNION REPS JUST TOO THOUGHTLESS TO DO THIS? For the umpteenth time we have yet another case where the union’s own incompetence destroyed their ability to win a grievance.  In this case, the agency changed some employees’ working conditions … Continue reading

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HOW A GRIEVANCE CAN ALSO ALWAYS BE A ULP The two Trump appointees are on the FLRA solely to weaken unions and collective bargaining and their favorite weapon is to overturn arbitrations case that employees win.  They have been able … Continue reading

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WHAT DID THIS UNION DO WRONG? Here are the facts. See if you can figure out two things the union did wrong.  The agency had a practice of placing a guard at each of its strategically important locations around its property every … Continue reading

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