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You may have recently come across news stating that President Trump is looking to dismantle the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). While on the surface this may seem like an apocalyptic scenario for federal employees, the history surrounding the agency may shed...

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AFGE Files Grievance Against Veterans Affairs

The American Federation of Government Employees filed an internal grievance with the Veterans Affairs Department alleging “numerous unfair labor practices” related to the department’s implementation of workforce executive orders. AFGE’s National Veterans Affairs...

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Will Unions Soon be Banned at IRS?

The Preventing Unionization of Revenue Service Employees, or PULSE, Act (H.R. 6268), introduced by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), looks to block 70,000 federal employees from unionizing. The bill would specifically exclude IRS employees from provisions of Title 5 of the U.S....

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New Supreme Court Decision and Federal Employees?

The Supreme Court has issued a decision in the case Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, et al., concerning payment of fees to a union that represents employees in state and local governments. Ruling The decision, issued on June 27, 2018, overturns a 1977 case (Abood v....

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NTEU Members Fear Pay and Benefit Cuts, Again

Federal employees were mostly spared from proposed cuts to their retirement benefits in 2017. But the National Treasury Employees Union fears the upcoming year could be different. According to a survey of 730 NTEU members, 82% said their biggest fear in pay and...

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Official Pay raise for Federal Civilian Employees

President Trump has issued a pay plan for federal civilian employees, officially giving workers, a 1.9 percent raise in 2018. This includes a base increase of 1.4 percent and a 0.5 percent locality pay raise. The president had until midnight August 31st to announce a...

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Can Unions Protect Their Members During Agency Reforms?

The Office of Management and Budget has directed agencies to submit a “near final” version of their reform plans by June 30. Included in this is a progress report on workforce reduction and a proposal to “maximize employee performance”. Then in September of this year,...

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