Please note that Friday, January 20, 2017, is a federal holiday for the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.  The following FLRA offices will not be open to accept in-person case filings or to respond to phone calls on that day:  the Authority’s Case Intake and Publication Office, the Office of Administrative Law Judges, the Washington Regional Office, OGC Headquarters (Appeals), and the Federal Service Impasses Panel.  The FLRA’s eFiling System remains available.         

Bargaining Impasse

In carrying out the obligation to bargain collectively, it is not uncommon for parties to simply not agree on certain issues and, during bargaining, to reach an impasse.  In the federal sector, the next step after bilateral negotiations fail to result in a settlement is for the parties to find a third-party neutral to provide mediation assistance.  In such circumstances, the parties may agree to bilateral arrangements, or they may seek assistance from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS).  If the parties still cannot reach a voluntary settlement, either side, or the parties jointly, may seek assistance from the Federal Service Impasses Panel (FSIP).