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Federal Unions and Employee Group News

OPM: Agencies should consult managers in decision-making

Office of Personnel Management acting Director Beth Cobert reminded human capital officers that agencies are required to consult federal management associations in decision-making that affects agency operations and personnel management.

Postal rate reduction to have big consequences

The termination of a postal rate surcharge imposed during the Great Recession likely will push finances at the U.S. Postal Service even deeper into the red.

FMA elects new national president

The Federal Managers Association last month said its membership elected a new national president during its national convention.

Public-sector unions cheer Supreme Court deadlock

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a split decision announced March 28, left intact the ability of states to allow public employee unions to collect an “agency fee” from non-member employees they represent.

Union says IRS stats demonstrate need for increased funding

The National Treasury Employees Union cited information in the recently released IRS Data Book to back up its call for funding increases at the agency.

Unions dodge a bullet in Supreme Court decision

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday left unchanged the ability of public employee unions to collect an “agency fee” from employees whom they are required to represent in collective bargaining and other nonpolitical activities, but who do not pay full dues as union members.

FMA announces election of new national president

The Federal Managers Association announced that its members elected a new national president during its national convention this month.

Bill would void BLM law enforcement authority

Utah’s House delegation this month introduced a bill that would eliminate the law enforcement functions of the Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service on federal land, and shift that authority to local law enforcement.

WEP reform on hearing agenda

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) at a hearing this week touted legislation he introduced last year to reform the Windfall Elimination Provision.

Law's author says OPM guidance fails to make the grade

The sponsor of the bill behind a new law that allows temporary seasonal federal employees to compete for vacant permanent positions in the federal land management workforce last week said that the government has failed to properly implement the measure.

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