Category Archives: Union Administration

WANT AN EXECUTIVE BOARD OF PUPPETS? Wine them, dine them and fly them, but never ever tell them about (or let them decide) anything important. As our media headlines carry more and more stories about dictators and dictator wannabees, it … Continue reading

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HOW TO PROTECT A UNION STAFFER’S CAREER AFGE seems to be the only federal sector union that values all its paid staff members (BU & NBU) enough to protect them from arbitrary and abusive treatment.  Consequently, union staffers themselves need … Continue reading

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HAVE YOU TAKEN THE FEDSMILL CHALLENGE YET? None of us in the business of representing employees knows it all.  So, whenever we have an opportunity to learn something that got by us in the past (or maybe we have just … Continue reading

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TEN REASONS TO BE A UNION REP There are lots of good reasons to be a union rep, whether you get involved in grievances, negotiations, arbitrations, employee meetings, or information gathering & analysis.  Here are ten that we hope lead you … Continue reading

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THINGS THAT BUG ME ABOUT UNIONS I was born into a family of union activists and devoted over 40 years of my own life to working for unions, but there are a few things about them that truly “get my … Continue reading

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WHICH UNION PROTECTS ITS NON-UNIONIZED STAFF THE BEST We have posted about a half-dozen articles complaining about how fed unions do an absolutely terrible, if not immoral, job protecting staff members not covered by the staff’s collective bargaining unit. (See … Continue reading

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SOLIDARITY FOREVER? MY TUCKUS!!! “Solidarity forever” is one of the great labor songs. It praises unions for uniting all their members together as equals—the ultimate democracies and the polar opposite of top-down corporate control systems. It is also a PR … Continue reading

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IT IS “FOLLOW THE UNION MONEY” TIME AGAIN Want to know how your union is spending dues money, e.g., who is getting paid what, which outside contractors have been hired, how often the union went to arbitration last year, etc.? … Continue reading

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WHAT SHOULD A UNION’S INTERNAL DISCIPLINE PROCESS LOOK LIKE? Union leaders as well as members are equally capable of violating the law, regulation or even their own union constitution. Consequently, all unions have a process outlined in their constitution and … Continue reading

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WHAT A UNION THAT AFGE IS This past summer we posted a few articles about how hypocritical it is for a national union officer to fire any employee for other than just cause (or something like it) and without appeal … Continue reading

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