U.S. Federal Labor Relations Authority

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Introduction to the FLRA

The FLRA is an independent administrative federal agency created by Title VII of the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978, also known as the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute (the Statute), 5 U.S.C. §§ 7101-7135.  The Statute allows certain non-postal federal employees to organize, to bargain collectively, and to participate through labor organizations of their choice in decisions affecting their working lives. 

The Statute defines and lists the rights of employees, labor organizations, and agencies to reflect the public interest's demand for the highest standards of employee performance and the efficient accomplishment of government operations.  Id. § 7101(a)⁠(2).  Specifically, the Statute requires that its provisions "be interpreted in a manner consistent with the requirement of an effective and efficient Government."  Id. § 7101⁠(b).