labor-management relations

  • Official time debate takes center stage again with OPM’s latest data

    The debate over official time may heat up again, as the Trump administration continues to suggest changes to the current civil service system.

  • Former FLRA leaders bash agency’s plan to close 2 regional offices

    Eight former regional directors of the Federal Labor Relations Authority say the agency’s plan to close two regional offices by the end of the fiscal year is a blow to efficiency and may undo recent progress in the labor-management community.

  • Education’s telework, training policies absent from the new bargaining terms ‘forced’ on AFGE

    The Education Department ended negotiations on Friday with the American Federation of Government Employees and instead announced plans to implement its own terms. AFGE said it hasn’t agreed to those terms.

  • Federal unions tell agencies, partner with us for a more engaged workforce

    When labor-management relationships are strong, employee engagement improves, federal union leaders said during a discussion at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service conference in Chicago. Union leaders say their partnerships with agencies have improved over the past eight years, but the success of those partnerships too often depends on the administration.

  • OPM releases long-awaited report on official time

    After months of urging from lawmakers, the Office of Personnel Management released a new report on official time, including data from fiscal year 2012. Official time hours totaled nearly 3.5 million in FY 2012, with cost estimates at $157 million, according to OPM’s data.

  • Unions want more say in agency operations

    Can a national council in Washington improve labor relations on agencies’ front lines?

  • Obama appoints new members to labor-management council

    President Barack Obama has appointed four new members to the National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations. Leaders from the Teamsters, American Federation of Government Employees, Federal Education Association and National Association of Government Employees will advise the President on federal labor relations.

  • Obama appoints new members to labor-management council

    President Barack Obama has appointed four new members to the National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations. Union leaders from the Teamsters, American Federation of Government Employees, Federal Education Association and National Association of Government Employees will advise the President on federal labor relations.

  • VA’s Gould moves the needle on many of VA’s toughest challenges

    Scott Gould’s last day as the deputy secretary of the Veterans Affairs Department is today. In four years, Gould said he believes VA is a better place and does more to help veterans. He said the claims backlog is unacceptable, but the agency is making progress.

  • Unions frustrated by slow-roll of some labor-management forums

    At the National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations meeting, several employee representatives said the time has come for the committee to put more pressure on agencies to have more of the collaborative forums up and running well. During a time of budget reductions, possible furloughs and a government shutdown, the unions say the forums provide a way for agencies to better manage all of these fiscal challenges.