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Archive: Unions

12Apr

2019

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 some light on the reason for the Trump Administration’s policy proposition.   Since…

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14Aug

2018

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 Council, which represents VA employees, sent a filing to Kimberly McLeod, Executive Director in the VA Office of Labor-Management Relations. The filing…

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12Jul

2018

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. Code related to labor-management relations. It would effectively prohibit employees at the unions from…

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03Jul

2018

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. Detroit Board of Education). In the new decision, the…

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13Feb

2018

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 benefit cuts. NTEU National President Tony Reardon echoed their concern. “My major…

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07Sep

2017

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 pay raise. If he had not informed Congress of an…

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17May

2017

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, agencies will submit their final reform plans and long-term strategies…

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