FLRA INVITES CUSTOMERS TO COMMENT ON REVISIONS TO NEGOTIABILITY REGULATIONS

 

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FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY · WASHINGTON, DC · 20424

April 20, 1998 · PR 104-98
Contact: Kim Weaver
202-482-6500

FLRA INVITES CUSTOMERS TO COMMENT ON
REVISIONS TO NEGOTIABILITY REGULATIONS

The Federal Labor Relations Authority is reviewing its regulations governing negotiability appeals to determine how the process can be improved. The Authority has identified a number of issues that will be scrutinzed during the review. To gather additional information and receive customers' views, the Authority is inviting interested persons to participate in a meeting on May 12 in Washington, D.C., or provide written comments on these issues.

Negotiability appeals arise in two situations: (1) when a labor organization files a petition with the Authority regarding a proposal that the agency has declared non-negotiable during discussions over a collective bargaining agreement, or (2) when an agency head disapproves a proposal after it has been included in a collective bargaining agreement, during the period for agency head review.

The Authority has developed a list of questions to serve as the starting point for discussion, which include: the role of alternative dispute resolution, the consequences when either party fails to comply with procedural requirements, the relationship between issues arising under the negotiability appeal process and the unfair labor practice process, and compliance with Authority orders in negotiability decisions.

Anyone interested in participating in the meeting or responding in writing is asked to address the questions that are set out in a "Request for Comment" appearing in today's Federal Register. (Adobe Acrobat PDF version.) Written submissions must be received by 5 p.m. on May 29, 1998. To obtain information on the May 12 meeting, contact Mr. Peter Constantine at (202) 482-6540.

The Federal Labor Relations Authority 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 2,500 bargaining units. The Authority is the three-member quasi-judicial component within the FLRA that adjudicates disputes arising under the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute, deciding appeals regarding unfair labor practices, exceptions to grievance arbitration awards and representation petitions, and the negotia