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ARBITRATORS, WAVE GOOD-BYE TO LAFFEY One of the great things an arbitrator can do for a union is award it Laffey Matrix attorney fees for winning a case.  That can mean up to $894.00 for each hour the union attorney … Continue reading

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FLRA SMACKS DOWN FSIP ON “TENTATIVELY AGREED” ISSUES On May 22, the Authority told FSIP that it does not have the power to order the parties to implement those issues tentatively agreed before they came to the Panel to settle … Continue reading

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TIME TO RECONSIDER THE “SEVERE & PERVASIVE” SEXUAL HARASSMENT STANDARD If you have ever represented an employee complaining about sexual harassment you know that case law requires a very high degree of proof, i.e., you must prove the improper behavior … Continue reading

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ON VACATION We are taking a break until mid-August in order to drag the staff around the Mediterranean on the annual Fedsmill retreat to identify new ideas. See ya.

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WHAT IS CO-WORKER HARASSMENT? This VA case will give you a good idea. In a case of co-worker harassment, an agency is responsible for acts of harassment in the workplace where the agency (or its agents) knew or should have … Continue reading

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OOPS! OUR MISTAKE, BUT YOU STILL OWE UNCLE SAM THOUSANDS More than a few federal employees have been in this situation.  They got an increase in their pay check for what they thought was a long overdue raise, an award, a grievance … Continue reading

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WHAT IS A PROPHYLACTIC PROPOSAL? It is not only something union negotiators can use to protect members from the adverse effects of a management intrusion into their lives, but also something the FLRA endorses.  (This is a republication of a … Continue reading

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CBP’S HAIL MARY PASS BLOWN DEAD You needn’t have stayed on top of federal sector labor relations developments over the last decade to know that Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is involved in a ton of litigation with the unions … Continue reading

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SELL-OUT UNIONISM Assume for a minute that something like this message popped up in our mail last weekend: “My union won a huge arbitration case for a group of us whose career ladder promotions have been habitually delayed. I was … Continue reading

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STORIES COMING AFTER THE HOLIDAYS Against our better judgment we have decided to give in to staff demands for time off during the holidays. We probably could have coerced the Marketing, PR, IT, News, Editorial and Admin staffs into staying, … Continue reading

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