FLRA INVITES CUSTOMERS TO COMMENT ON PROPOSED REVISIONS TO NEGOTIABILITY REGULATIONS

 

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FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY · WASHINGTON, DC · 20424
September 11, 1998 · PR 110-98
Contact: Patty Reilly
202-482-6500

FLRA INVITES CUSTOMERS TO COMMENT ON PROPOSED REVISIONS TO NEGOTIABILITY REGULATIONS

The Chair and the Members of the Federal Labor Relations Authority (the Authority) issued a

Federal Register notice of proposed rulemaking

(63 FR 48130-48138) (

Adobe Acorbate PDF File

) to revise the regulations concerning negotiability proceedings. The purpose of the revised regulations is to expedite proceedings and facilitate dispute resolution.In addition, the Authority announced three meetings to be held across the country to hear the views of the FLRA's customers on these proposed regulations.

Major aspects of the revised regulations aimed at improving negotiability proceedings include: pre- and postfiling procedures and conferences designed to help the parties resolve their dispute without formal litigation and to narrow and clarify the issues that need to be litigated; revised processing procedures that will enable the Authority in appropriate instances to resolve all aspects of a dispute; and clarification of the responsibilities of each party. The proposed regulations are the result of an internal FLRA task force, focus groups, and written comments received as a result of an earlier Federal Register notice.

FLRA Chair Phyllis N. Segal urged customers to review and comment on the proposed regulations noting, "The revised Negotiability Regulations are part of an ongoing effort of the FLRA to deliver quality services to our customers. We are committed to making our processes more efficient and user friendly and the new Negotiability Regulations continue this important effort." The Authority previously revised its Representation Regulations in March 1996, and its Unfair Labor Practice Regulations in October 1997.

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 2,200 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 negotiability of collective bargaining agreement proposals.

Comments regarding the proposed regulations must be received on or before October 23, 1998 at the FLRA's Office of Case Control