FLRA GENERAL COUNSEL ISSUES GUIDANCE ON INVESTIGATING, DECIDING AND RESOLVING INFORMATION DISPUTES

 

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FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY · WASHINGTON, DC · 20424

January 5, 1996 · PR 101-96
Contact: Helenann Hirsch
202-482-6500

FLRA GENERAL COUNSEL ISSUES GUIDANCE ON INVESTIGATING, DECIDING AND RESOLVING INFORMATION DISPUTES

FLRA General Counsel Joseph Swerdzewski today issued guidance to FLRA Regional Directors on investigating, deciding and resolving information disputes. The guidance is part of a series issued by the Office of General Counsel to strengthen customer service.

"Questions concerning what information a union may properly receive from an agency and, on the other hand, what information an agency may properly withhold from a union, constitute a good part of the unfair labor practice disputes in the federal service," General Counsel Swerdzewski said when issuing the guidance. "The guidance offers some practical guidelines on making and responding to requests for information and on using alternative dispute resolution techniques to resolve these information disputes without litigation. In those cases that go to litigation, the guidance helps ensure quick and effective resolution of the disputes on the merits, " said Swerdzewski.

The General Counsel's Memorandum to Regional Directors concerns the duty of an agency to furnish information to a union under section 7114(b)(4) of the Federal Service Labor