Filing Unfair Labor Practice Cases
The Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute (the Statute) creates rights and obligations on the part of unions, agency management, and employees. If either labor or management fails to perform its obligation to the other party, an unfair labor practice (ULP) charge may be filed. A ULP charge may also be filed if either labor or management interferes with the rights each has been given under the Statute. Employees may also protect their rights under the Statute by filing ULP charges against labor or management.
For example, it is illegal for agency management to threaten or retaliate against employees for seeking union representation or to refuse to provide a union information that the law requires the agency to provide. Similarly, unions may not try to influence management to discipline employees who did not join the union or refuse to represent employees because they are not union members. Neither an agency nor a union may refuse to bargain with the other in good faith. You can find out information about how the Authority has interpreted and applied the Statute to specific situations by searching Authority decisions; you can find additional information on specific subjects by searching historical Office of the General Counsel Guidance or Case Law Outline.
ULP charges are filed with the FLRA's Regional Offices, which can answer questions about this process. Information you may need about this process includes the form for filing a charge, the statutory section describing the violation, the regulations describing the process, Office of the General Counsel information on ULPs, and historical Office of the General Counsel Guidance memoranda on particular subjects.