U.S. Federal Labor Relations Authority

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The FLRA exercises leadership under the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute (the Statute), 5 U.S.C. §§ 7101-7135, to promote stable, constructive labor relations that contribute to a more effective and efficient government.  The FLRA's mission is to carry out five primary statutory responsibilities as efficiently as possible, and in a manner that gives full effect to the rights afforded employees and agencies under the Statute.  

Mission: Protecting rights and facilitating stable relationships among federal agencies, labor organizations, and employees while advancing an effective and efficient government through the administration of the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute.

In striving to fulfill its mission, the FLRA executes the following five primary statutory responsibilities, as set forth in the Statute:

  1. Resolving complaints of unfair labor practices (ULPs).
  2. Determining the appropriateness of units for labor organization representation (REP).
  3. Adjudicating exceptions to arbitrators' awards (ARB).  
  4. Adjudicating legal issues relating to the duty to bargain (NEG).
  5. Resolving impasses during negotiations (Impasse).

In order to perform the many and varied functions of administering and enforcing the Statute, the FLRA is organized into three distinct components:  the Authority, the Office of the General Counsel, and the Federal Service Impasses Panel.  All components support and engage in collaboration and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) activities as an integral part of their programs.