Analysis: Can WH delegate legal powers of appointment on labor relations panels?
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Nov 15, 2019
The White House just this month moved to change—and, according to critics, debilitate—the intended functioning among the country’s nearly century-old labor relations regulatory panels, a move challenged by a new lawsuit filed by a federal employees union, according to a recent analysis on GovExec.com.
In effect, the Trump administration issued a brand-new power to the Federal Labor Relations Authority: the power to remove members from another—traditionally equal and independent body—the Federal Service Impasses Panel, a panel that specifically weighs in to resolve union collective bargaining disputes.
The move will cause problems in federal oversight of labor relations, according to sources in the article—who note that the FLRA is an adversarial body and the FSIP is not. The union lawsuit (—filed by the American Federation of Government Employees—encompasses this potential problem, as well as the union’s claim that by federal statute only the president can remove members of the FSIP, the report notes.