FAQ: Unhappy With Union Representation

“When union members feel they are not being represented properly what options do we have in removing elected positions? Recall? Special election? Signature collection? Bid of no confidence?”

FAQ: Can Furloughed Federal Employees Get Unemployment

Question “I am being furloughed soon and live in California.  Can I get unemployment compensation?” Answer Possibly.  This is a state by state issue.  For example, in the state of Tennessee, the following guideline applies, In order to file during…

Inside Sources: AFGE Emergency Meeting Today

Inside sources reported to The Informed Fed that AFGE President J. David Cox has called an “emergency conference call” for ALL AFGE local union presidents regarding furloughs and sequestration impact on federal employees.  Let’s just hope AFGE breaks out of it’s traditional…

FAQ: What is Part-Time?

hours of work employees are assigned is a condition of employment subject to negotiation; a mandatory topic of negotiations. Immigration and Naturalization Service, (FLRA 1995).

FAQ: How do I Appeal a Furlough?

Question “I heard furloughs can be appealed.  Is this true?” Answer There are two predominant routes of furlough appeal.  MSPB and EEO. Clearly any appeal related to furlough is an uphill battle.  However, one view is that such an appeal may preserve future…

Federal Employees Were Warned

The take away for federal employees is this: YOU WERE WARNED you were next. Most federal employees and union officials I talked to viewed the Wisconsin labor battle as an abstract concept.

FAQ: What Are Crime Provisions?

Office of Personnel Management regulations (5 CFR 752.402(e)) permit agencies to place employees on indefinite suspension pending completion of investigation or criminal proceedings when the agency has cause to believe the employee committed a crime for which the employee could be imprisoned.

A Battle Plan for Unions

Many union leaders I spoke with believe the furlough will not happen. While that may be true (hopefully), this situation provides local and national union leaders an opportunity to demonstrate leadership to their members during a crisis and reassert a long diminishing role.

FAQ: Can I Appeal the Loss of AUO?

Question “The Agency announced it is taking away my AUO.  They are cutting my pay.  Can I appeal their decision?” Answer It is important to note that loss of AUO, for any reason, is not an appealable action. A reduction…

Life After Furlough

While many federal employees are focused on the pending furlough as of today, they need to also keep their eyes on life after furlough- and it is possibly even uglier than the furlough.

FAQ: Union Membership and Representation

Question “I am a federal employee.  Do I have to pay dues to be represented by the union?” Answer No.  If you are a member of the bargaining unit, the Union must represent dues paying members and non-dues paying members…

FAQ: Full Time Under FLSA

Question “Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, how many hours are considered full time?” Answer A part time employee any person employed by an agency who does not meet the Basic workweek, for full-time employees, which is a 40-hour workweek established in accordance with 5 CFR § 610.111. (see,…