Category Archives: Union Rep Test

UNION REP TEST #19 – Oral Replies Very few moments in an employee’s life are as anxiety-producing as a proposed suspension, demotion or removal. That makes it vital that their union rep at the oral reply (OR) do a job … Continue reading

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UNION REP TEST #15 (Information Access) Which of the following does a union not have to reveal to management to meet the “particularized need” standard for getting information. A.  Why it needs the information,   B.   The Uses to which it will … Continue reading

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UNION REP TEST#13- (Loss of Status) Assume that a supervisor gets upset with an employee, who has long had special status in the work group and takes all that away from her.  Up until this run-in with the supervisor, this … Continue reading

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UNION REP TEST #12 (Illegal Bypass and Direct Dealing) One of the harder things for managers to understand is a union’s “exclusive recognition” rights.  They just do not mean that the union is the only or exclusive organization the agency … Continue reading

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UNION REP TEST #11 (WIGI/ALOC)          Agencies do not often propose to withhold a Within Grade Increase (WIGI), which is also known as an Acceptable Level of Competence determination (ALOC). But because it is so rare, it is easy for … Continue reading

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UNION REP TEST #10 (Crediting Plans)  We just read a Dept. of Treasury case where it was ordered to retroactively promote an accountant because the selecting officials on two promotions packages stumbled all over themselves (aka made stuff up) on … Continue reading

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UNION REP TEST #9  (Ratifying FSIP Orders) QUESTION: What happens when a union refuses to ratify a term agreement partially based on an order from the Panel?  Can the agency just turn around and ask the Panel to impose the … Continue reading

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UNION REP TEST #8 (Part 2) – Prohibited Personnel Practices (PPP)  This continues the self-assessment of your knowledge of prohibited personnel practices. Read through the hypothetical situations provided under each PPP and decide what you think.  The correct responses are … Continue reading

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UNION REP TEST #8  (Part 1) – Prohibited Personnel Practices (PPPs) Although union reps are much more likely to encounter agency actions violating provisions of a labor agreement or federal regulations, there are situations where one of these 14 statutory … Continue reading

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UNION REP TEST #7 (Probationary Employee Rights) Newly hired probationary employees sometimes decide not to join the union because they think it cannot do a thing for them if they are fired.  They could not be more wrong about that. … Continue reading

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