• Federal Unions: Dynamos or Dinosaurs?

    Last year groups representing active and retired federal workers flexed their muscle as never before, and got results! But Senior Correspondent Mike Causey notes the question for many is whether unions are dynamos or dinosaurs.

  • Federal Unions: What Do They Really Do?

    Federal unions cannot bargain over pay, holidays, vacation time or other federal fringe benefits. Yet tens of thousands of government workers belong to them. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says there are a number of good reasons why so many pay dues when they don’t have to.

  • Attendance Derby: Congress vs. Feds

    Congress is back in town today after an extended summer break. What it’ll find, in addition to a stack of unfinished business, is the career federal workforce which has been toiling away keeping things running.

  • TSA’s Pistole on unions, screeners and patdowns

    Best of interview with TSA Administrator John Pistole shortly after he joined the agency.

  • Cost-cutting targets public unions

    The New York Times reports that budget problems have states turning to curb the influence of unions, especially ones representing government workers.

  • Causey on attitudes toward feds in 2011

    A sea change is what Federal News Radio’s Senior Correspondent calls the change in atmosphere for federal workers between 2009 and 2010. Mike told the DorobekINSIDER that 2011 is shaping up to be even tougher,…

  • Fed membership in unions declines slightly

    Union membership has declined across the board in 2010 despite a substantial rise in public sector union workers compared to their private sector counterparts.

  • Non-unionized feds still hold employment protections

    Joining a union is supposed to give federal employees benefits and protections they might not have otherwise. Many union contracts have clauses to prevent layoffs, for example. But if you’re a fed who can’t or…

  • Feds have sacrificed enough, federal groups tell supercommittee

    Postal workers and federal employees groups are urging the ”supercommittee” to reject President Barack Obama’s proposed increase in employee retirement contributions and support his cap on contractors’ salaries. The Federal-Postal Coalition also wants lawmakers to preserve Saturday mail delivery, despite USPS’ wishes.

  • SSA, AFGE still at negotiating impasse

    Nearly two years of negotiating has led to a stalemate between the Social Security Administration and its largest union, the American Federation of Government Employees. The protracted dispute mars the Obama administration’s otherwise productive attempts to collaborate formally with federal unions.