Unions

Social Security’s union calls for $16.5 billion in funding ...

Labor leaders say the only way out of SSA's staffing crisis is greater funding—as well as the abandonment of cutthroat collective bargaining tactics used by the the agency's Office of Labor-Management and Employee Relations.

FLRA says HHS erred in implementing partial union contract during Trump administration

The Federal Labor Relations Authority, the agency that oversees labor-management relations in the federal government, in separate matter chided a union for trying to get out of agreement because it conflicted with President Biden’s labor executive order.

Union says the NPS violated law, by allowing HR official to pursue decertification after her promotion

Federal labor law requires agencies to remain neutral on the question of whether employees want to be represented by a labor union.

Lawmakers call for permanent leadership at Social Security

Nearly two years into his tenure, President Biden has yet to name his choice to lead SSA, despite low morale, mounting attrition and lack of progress in labor-management relations.

Unions make last-ditch effort to expand bargaining rights for VA medical professionals

Labor leaders are urging lawmakers to vote to repeal a longstanding bar against negotiating over matters affecting patient care, and to hold this vote before the end of Congress’ session.

Union calls on administration to do more to retain federal firefighters

The Biden Administration secured significant pay raises for wildland firefighters as part of the bipartisan infrastructure law. However, those increases are, for now, temporary and an exodus to stabler positions has continued.

Telework: FDIC is already reneging on new telework agreement, union says

NTEU says employees at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation were promised telework—with no need to return to the office regularly. But then, contrary to that pledge, managers made attendance at weekly check-in meetings mandatory.

A conservative group wants to make It easier for feds to bust their own unions

Union officials said that a certain agency—one at the heart of a case asking when employees can seek to decertify their unions, after a bargaining unit consolidation—could have a conflict of interest.

Immigration judges say FLRA made up rules, to decertify union

In an appeal in federal circuit court, the National Association of Immigration Judges accused the Federal Labor Relations Authority’s then-Republican majority of already deciding to decertify the union—before even considering arguments in the case.

The Biden administration moves to make unions more accessible to federal contractors

GSA is following through on carrying out a recommendation from the WH task force on worker organizing. 

Here’s where federal employee unions can look to expand their ranks

According to new data from the Office of Personnel Management, nearly 300,000 federal employees are eligible to form unions but haven’t.

Unions, employee groups and lawmakers condemn threats of violence against feds

The FBI’s search of President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago has spurred anti-government sentiment on online forums.

Employees: Major concerns as USPS starts delivery consolidation plan

Postal management says the changes will save money and lead to better working conditions.

FLRA substantiates union accusations against EEOC, over reentry

The federal anti-discrimination agency, the Federal Labor Relations Authority, said it was committed to bargaining “in good faith” with its labor representatives—but stopped short of committing to roll back its unilaterally implemented reentry plan.

Another firefighter compensation bill passes, and more ...

A bill providing better pay for federal firefighters passed in the House, and separately a measure to reform retirement for federal first responders advanced, along with other newsworthy items in our weekly roundup on pay and benefits.

Appeals court again overrules Trump-era FLRA policy

Shortly before the 2020 election, labor authority Republicans unraveled decades of precedent, finding that agencies may begin implementing new governmentwide rules when union contracts are extended for the purposes of negotiating a new agreement. As of this week, all of these Trump-era moves have been reversed.

Immigration judges union, busted by the Trump Administration, seeks new election

The National Association of Immigration Judges is pursuing two tracks to becoming recertified as a federal employee union and recognized by management at the Justice Department.