Category Archives: Union Rights

YES, AMERICA IS RIGGED AGAINST WORKERS “The United States is the only advanced industrial nation that doesn’t have national laws guaranteeing paid maternity leave. It is also the only advanced economy that doesn’t guarantee workers any vacation, paid or unpaid, and the only highly developed country (other … Continue reading

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WHY TRUMP NEEDS TO CRIPPLE UNIONS If you are wondering why The Donald and his fellow tribesmen are bothering with union rights at a time when China, Iran, Moscow and a half-dozen other life-and-death threats are looming over our heads, … Continue reading

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FLRA’S ABBOTT TRASHES PRESIDENT  Jim Abbott came out hot in a new FLRA decision condemning the foul, racist-tinged language used day in and day out by our President. Shedding his unofficial title as the Administration’s most notorious moral hypocrite, The … Continue reading

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CAN YOU RECORD MANAGEMENT MEETINGS WITH AUDIO AND/OR VIDEO? FLRA sure has not decided whether feds can do this, but at least one federal circuit court has just decided that private sector employees can pursuant to their labor law rights … Continue reading

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PIZZELLA ON THE CONDUCT OF UNION REPS Over time the Authority has offered practitioners a reasonably workable, four-factor criteria for finding the balance between a union rep’s behavior that the Statute protects, and misconduct that impinges upon the agency’s right … Continue reading

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UNION STAFF ARE PROTECTED FROM AGENCY CHANGES TOO FLRA popped out an interesting case just before time ran out in 2016 that addressed an agency’s ability to change how it deals with union staff who are not now (and maybe … Continue reading

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WHAT HAPPENS NOW? Having lived through a few White House changes, we thought we would share what we know about what will happen next in the federal sector labor relations arena. In the next week or so the President-elect’s team … Continue reading

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RETIRED STEWARDS’ AND OFFICERS’ JOBS JUST GOT TOUGHER In the early days of the labor law, FLRA made it quite clear that former employees or even those who had never been employed by a federal agency could hold any representational … Continue reading

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CAN AGENCIES BAN RECORDING DEVICES IN THE WORKPLACE? For generations employers had the unquestioned right to prohibit employees from using or even bringing recording devices into the job site—although employers could use them if they wished on or against employees. … Continue reading

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FIVE UNION RIGHTS YOU MAY NOT REMEMBER We all know that union activists cannot be fired, denied a benefit, or even poorly evaluated if the decision is based on or even related to our choice to be union activist.  But … Continue reading

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