Unions

Federal Union Calls for Biden to Keep San Diego Detention Center Open

The union and a lawmaker are questioning the applicability of President Biden’s executive order to not renew contracts with private prisons.

More Stringent Vaccine Mandates On the Way for Some Feds

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Monday that with full FDA authorization of the Pfizer vaccine, more agencies could announce more stringent mandates than President Biden’s governmentwide policy.

Biden Names New Impasses Panel Members

The Federal Service Impasses Panel, whose members do not require Senate confirmation, has sat vacant since President Biden ousted all 10 members in February.

Judge Dismisses Most of Abuse Victims’ Lawsuit Against AFGE Officials

After describing claims against individual AFGE officials over their inaction to stop former President J. David Cox’s sexual abuse as not “viable,” a federal judge preserved only four claims against the union and Cox himself.

HHS Agrees to Reset Labor Relations, While Education Heads to Administrative Trial

While HHS and NTEU said they will work to resolve long-running litigation, the Education Department and AFGE are set to head to trial over several unfair labor practice complaints.

Feds Could Be Fired, Imprisoned for Lying About Vaccination Status

Unions may have to bargain over vaccination policy implementation after the fact.

Biden Nominates Ex-Merit Systems Protection Board Chair for Labor Authority

The White House also announced plans to nominate a new slate of Democratic appointees to the board that oversees the Thrift Savings Plan.

House Panel Advances Bill to Extend TSA Employees the Same Pay System and Workplace Protections as Other Feds

The Rights of the TSA Workforce Act would apply Title 5 protections and the General Schedule pay scale to employees at the Transportation Security Administration.

Biden Announces Vaccine-or-Masks Mandate for Feds, Some Contractors

Federal employees will have a choice: get vaccinated, or wear masks when indoors at federal facilities and subject themselves to regular COVID-19 testing.

Unions Call on Biden to Name New Labor Board Appointees

More than six months into his administration, President Biden has yet to nominate a second Democrat to the Federal Labor Relations Authority, while the Federal Service Impasses Panel sits vacant.

AFGE, VA Reach Settlement to 'Reset' Labor Relations

The Veterans Affairs Department has agreed to reverse actions taken to crack down on unions during the Trump administration, including compensating union officials for leave they took in the absence of official time and reimbursing the union for past office space and equipment rentals.

Biden Targets Noncompete Agreements, Which Restrict the Job Opportunities of Millions of Low-Wage Workers

The president is asking the Federal Trade Commission to ban or limit their use as part of an executive order promoting competition.

House Spending Bill Pushes Social Security to Reverse Trump-era Workforce Changes

Language accompanying the bill orders a report by the end of 2021 on telework, and urges the agency to reverse actions that undercut the independence of administrative law judges.

FLRA Narrows Labor’s Ability to Litigate Bargaining Disputes

In a controversial 2-1 decision, Republican appointees ruled that unions cannot seek relief for alleged unfair labor practices that arise during contract negotiations if they have already sought redress for separate violations during the same bargaining process.

Biden Ousts Trump Holdovers from Social Security Administration

Removal of the agency’s leadership follows a Supreme Court decision finding that laws barring a president from firing political appointees without cause are unconstitutional.

More than 900 Social Security Employees Received Partial Paychecks, And Some Got Too Much

A union representing employees impacted by a payroll processing error has filed a grievance on their behalf demanding backpay and interest for any money that wasn’t paid to workers on time.