Category Archives: Grievance/Arbitration

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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ARE YOU “GETTIN’ ENOUGH”— FROM GRIEVANCES? One of the first mistakes a union can make when drafting a grievance is to not ask for enough of a remedy. Not only does the grievant potentially lose something she might have been … Continue reading

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GRIEVING ULP CHARGES While the traditional place to file a ULP allegation is with the FLRA, there are considerable advantages to grieving it—especially if you make some small changes in your contract grievance procedure.

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25 MANAGEMENT ACTIONS FEDERAL EMPLOYEES COMMONLY GRIEVE PASS ME ON TO UNIT MEMBERS– You may never have filed a grievance challenging a management decision, but thousands of federal employees do each year and many get the corrective action they wanted—whether … 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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QUIZ: WHAT IS WRONG WITH UNION REPS? Please excuse our frustration, but it very painful to read about cases that unions lost but easily could have won if they drafted the grievance correctly. Union reps need to protect themselves from … 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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WELL, THEY DID IT AGAIN AT FLRA We’re not referring to Abbott and Kiko overturning yet another long-standing labor law principle, ruling against a union, nor even overturning an arbitrator. That is who they are and what the President expected … Continue reading

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HOW TO AVOID THE “EXCESSIVE INTERFERENCE LITE” TRAP 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 decisions from … Continue reading

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