GENERAL COUNSEL ISSUES GUIDANCE ON THE DUTY OF FAIR REPRESENTATION

 

FLRA NEWS


FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY · WASHINGTON, DC · 20424

January 27, 1997 · PR 101-97
Contact: Kim Weaver
202-482-6500

GENERAL COUNSEL ISSUES GUIDANCE ON
THE DUTY OF FAIR REPRESENTATION

FLRA General Counsel Joseph Swerdzewski today issued guidance to the Regional Directors on the duty of fair representation. The guidance memorandum provides a comprehensive overview of the General Counsel’s views on legal issues arising from the duty of fair representation owed to bargaining unit employees by a union serving as an exclusive representative of a bargaining unit.

"The duty of fair representation is a significant, and often misunderstood, concept in the Federal service labor-management relations program," said General Counsel Swerdzewski. "This memorandum provides guidance to the Regional Directors in investigating, deciding and resolving disputes about the duty owed to employees by their exclusive representative. In view of the significant increase in the number of duty of fair representation unfair labor practice charges in the past three years and the difficult issues those charges raise, I have issued this guidance and made it available to the public to set forth my views and help the parties avoid these disputes."

This guidance is a continuation of the FLRA Office of the General Counsel’s efforts to provide quality customer service. The guidance outlines t