28% DROP IN UNFAIR LABOR PRACTICE CHARGES FILED WITH THE FLRA OFFICE OF THE GENERAL COUNSEL

 

FLRA NEWS


FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY · WASHINGTON, DC · 20424

February 12, 1996 · PR 105-96
Contact: Helenann Hirsch
202-482-6500

28% DROP IN UNFAIR LABOR PRACTICE CHARGES FILED WITH THE FLRA OFFICE OF THE GENERAL COUNSEL

The Federal Labor Relations Authority today announced that the number of unfair labor practice charges filed with the FLRA’s Office of the General Counsel dropped 28% over the last two fiscal years.

"The Office of the General Counsel has been targeting historically high unfair labor practice filers for specialized intervention services that emphasize alternative approaches to resolving conflict," said General Counsel Joseph Swerdzewski. "It looks like these efforts are beginning to pay off. Unions and agencies are working together to resolve problems themselves before they turn to costly, time-consuming litigation."

Swerdzewski emphasized that the pay-off was more that just cost-savings related to reduced litigation, but also through enhanced customer service. "Encouraging parties to work together, instead of against each other, not only reduces litigation and its attendant costs, it allows unions and agencies to focus their efforts on working together to provide quality customer service."

Swerdzewski also referred to the results of a 1995 Outreach Survey as an indication that the speciali