GENERAL COUNSEL ISSUES GUIDANCE ON THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE FEDERAL SERVICE LABOR-MANAGEMENT RELATIONS STATUTE AND EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY MATTERS

 

FLRA NEWS


FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY · WASHINGTON, DC · 20424
January 26, 1999 · PR 101-99
Contact: Patty Reilly
202-482-6500

GENERAL COUNSEL ISSUES GUIDANCE 
ON THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE 
FEDERAL SERVICE LABOR-MANAGEMENT RELATIONS
STATUTE AND EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY MATTERS

General Counsel Joseph Swerdzewski today issued guidance to the FLRA Regional Directors regarding the relationship between the rights and obligations under the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute and their application to employment matters concerning equal employment opportunity (EEO). Regional Directors are frequently required to make decisions on the merits of unfair labor charges where the subject matter of the dispute involves the EEO process. The memorandum serves as guidance to the Regional Directors in investigating, resolving, litigating and settling unfair labor practice charges where there are EEO implications. It also is intended to assist parties in improving their labor-management relationship by avoiding litigation and facilitating collective bargaining.

"The Statute must be applied to EEO matters in a manner which accommodates the rights of individuals under EEO laws and the rights and obligations of agencies and unions und