U.S. Federal Labor Relations Authority

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Workshop Topics

Overview of the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute

FLRA staff will discuss the key procedures and jurisdiction of each of the three components of the FLRA (the Authority, Office of the General Counsel and the Federal Service Impasses Panel).

Overview of Representation Procedures and Case Law

FLRA staff will discuss various types of representation cases, including those related to the establishment of new units, successorship, accretion and consolidated units.

Overview of Hearing Procedures Before FLRA Administrative Law Judges

An ALJ will discuss pre-hearing and hearing procedures, including disclosure requirements, common litigation issues and the settlement program.

Overview of the Federal Service Impasses Panel

FSIP staff will discuss the Panel's impasse resolution role within the Federal sector labor relations program, including how jurisdictional determinations are made and the procedures that are used if jurisdiction over an impasse is asserted.

Effective Presentation of Cases Before the Federal Service Impasses Panel

FSIP staff will provide guidance on how to be effective when presenting a case to the Panel by using examples of typical Federal sector disputes.

What to Expect During a ULP Investigation

This session explores the investigative process, describes the different ways in which evidence is obtained from the parties and explains the OGC quality standards, while emphasizing the role of the investigating agent and the responsibilities of the parties.

Arbitration Exception Procedures and Case Law

FLRA staff will discuss procedures for filing arbitration exceptions, as well as the standard of review the Authority will apply to various types of exceptions.

Arbitration in the Federal Sector

FLRA staff will highlight for arbitrators and practitioners the unique aspects of federal sector grievance arbitration, including the relationship between collective bargaining agreements and federal laws and regulations.

Negotiability Appeals Procedures and Case Law

FLRA staff will introduce parties to key legal concepts commonly encountered in negotiability appeals. FLRA staff will also discuss appeal procedures, including the four major filings and post-petition conference.

Negotiability Regulations Focus Group Meeting

In this session, parties to negotiability appeals will be invited to discuss and comment on the April 1999 revisions to the Authority negotiability regulations and procedures.

Case Study (Two Concurrent Sessions)

This limited enrollment, interactive program is designed for labor and management representatives who want to enhance their understanding of the Statute and sharpen their strategic case handling skills. Through a combination of small group activity and large group discussion, a complex hypothetical case will be addressed and "processed" through ULP, grievance, impasse, negotiability and ADR procedures.

Bargaining on Family-Friendly Issues

This session discusses the practical and legal foundations for negotiating family-friendly workplace issues such as Alternative Work Schedules, flexiplace, transit subsidies, and daycare.

Case Law Concerning Section 7106(b)(1)
This session reviews Authority negotiability, arbitration and ULP case law concerning the scope and duty to bargain over section 7106(b)(1) matters.

The Impact of Existing Contract Provisions on Collective Bargaining - the "Covered By" and "Contract Interpretation" Doctrines

This session assists experienced labor relations practitioners to better understand how these doctrines apply and to develop strategies to encourage collective bargaining while recognizing the importance of the contract.

The Right to Representation at Meetings

This session reviews the rights and obligations of unions and agencies in meetings with employees under the Statute, and explores strategies for the parties to employ to exercise their rights while avoiding conflict and disagreement.

What Unions and Agencies Can and Cannot Do During an Election Campaign

This session discusses the conduct allowed during election campaigns, while emphasizing strategies to avoid ULPs and objections to an election.

Agency Reorganizations and the Statute

This session explores the appropriate bargaining unit issues and duty to bargain questions that arise when an agency reorganizes.

Electronic Research of Federal Labor Law

This session provides a review of various internet research tools available to labor relations practitioners, including research information posted on the FLRA website.

Alternative Dispute Resolution Approaches and Techniques

This session provides a review of the various alternative dispute resolution techniques used by the FLRA staff and how the staff uses these techniques in assisting in the settlement of labor relations disputes. The session will also develop participants' skills at resolving labor relations disputes.