Acting General Counsel Announces Availability of Case Processing Manuals (4/9/01)

PR 106-01
April 9, 2001

Contact: Harold Kessler
202-482-6560

ACTING GENERAL COUNSEL ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF CASE PROCESSING MANUALS

The Acting General Counsel of the Federal Labor Relations Authority, David L. Feder, today announced the availability on subscription service of several revised case handling manuals through the Government Printing Office. These manuals provide comprehensive guidance to Regional Agents and the parties in processing, resolving, and investigating unfair labor practice charges and representation petitions under the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute (Statute).

The Litigation Manual was revised to provide current guidance on each aspect of the trial process -- from the Regional Director's issuance of a complaint and notice of hearing to the Authority's decision and order. This Manual contains references to relevant case law and OGC policy, and provides examples of litigation techniques.

The Representation Case Handling Manual was revised to provide current procedural and operational guidance in the processing of representation petitions. This Manual provides information on pre-filing assistance available to the parties, the filing of petitions, and the investigation and resolution of representation case matters.

The Hearing Officer's Guide was revised to provide current procedural and operational guidance on conducting hearings in FLRA representation proceedings. Information is provided on preparing for and conducting hearings, evidentiary and procedural issues, and employee categories.

The Representation Case Law Guide was developed to provide information on relevant substantive representation issues that arise in the processing of representation petitions, and representation issues that arise in unfair labor practice cases.

Also, available on subscription service is the Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) Case Handling Manual which provides procedural and operational guidance on the processing of unfair labor practice charges. The Manual address the kinds of issues that arise in the processing of a ULP from pre-charge through post-investigation. The Manual also provides information on OGC policies with respect to: Facilitation, Intervention, Training and Education, Quality of Investigations, Scope of Investigations, Injunctions, Prosecutorial Discretion, Settlements, and Appeals. The Manual references relevant case law, provides for best practices and includes model and sample forms and letters.

These manuals not only provide comprehensive guidance to Office of the General Counsel employees, but also will assist the parties in obtaining the services of the FLRA Regional Offices. The parties' increased understanding of the procedures followed under the Statute and the role of Regional Office Agents facilitates the quality processing of unfair labor practice charges and representation petitions.

The manuals are each offered for sale by the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office at www.gpo.gov. The manuals also will be revised and supplemented on a yearly basis. Questions or comments concerning the Litigation and Unfair Labor Practice Case Handling Manuals should be directed to FLRA Assistant General Counsel Richard Zorn at (202) 482-6680, extension 210. Questions or comments on the Representation Case Handling, Representation Case Law, and Hearing Officers' Manuals should be directed to FLRA Associate to the Deputy General Counsel for Representation Cases and Evaluation, Nancy Speight at (202) 482-6680, extension 205.

The FLRA is an independent agency that administers the labor-management relations program for 1.9 million federal employees worldwide, 1.1 million of whom are exclusively represented in more than 2,200 bargaining units. The Office of the General Counsel is the independent investigative and prosecutorial component of the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) which processes unfair labor practice charges and representation petitions through the Regional Offices, and assists parties in improving their labor-management relationship. The General Counsel directs the FLRA's seven Regional Offices located in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, San Francisco, and Wa