THE FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY AND THE U.S. OFFICE OF SPECIAL COUNSEL HOLD FIRST JOINT TOWN MEETING

 

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FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY · WASHINGTON, DC · 20424
June 16, 1999 · PR 109-99
Contact: Patty Reilly
202-482-6500

THE FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY AND THE U.S. OFFICE OF SPECIAL COUNSEL HOLD FIRST JOINT TOWN MEETING

Elaine Kaplan, Special Counsel for the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC), and Joseph Swerdzewski, General Counsel of the Federal Labor Relations Authority, will conduct a joint town hall meeting in Chicago, Illinois, on Friday, June 25, 1999. Joining the two will be Donald S. Wasserman, a member of the Authority component of the FLRA.

Since 1993, General Counsel Swerdzewski has held numerous town meetings to provide information regarding the policies and guidance issued by the General Counsel. The upcoming Chicago meeting is the inaugural one for the OSC.

Special Counsel Kaplan said, "Since taking this office, I've tried to increase OSC outreach efforts in the Federal community. Talking directly to our customers helps us ensure that we are effectively meeting their needs and it provides them with good information as well." Ms. Kaplan stated, "I look forward to the meeting and exchanging ideas with the people that we service every day. We hope this meeting is the first of many."

FLRA General Counsel Swerdzewski noted, "The joint town meeting with OSC permits the Federal community to learn more about the different forums available to them to resolve disputes and improve relationships. Town meetings are an outstanding vehicle to inform Federal agencies, Federal employees, and Federal unions about how the Office of General Counsel operates and the services that we provide to customers."

The joint town meeting will take place at 9 a.m. at the Ralph Metcalfe Federal Building, Room 331, 77 West Jackson Blvd., Chicago, Illinois. Any questions about the meeting should be directed to Inez Thomas at 312-886-3465 Ext. 11.

The Office of Special Counsel is an independent federal investigative and prosecutorial agency. Under the Civil Service Reform Act and the Whistleblower Protection Act, the OSC's primary mission is to safeguard the merit system by protecting federal employees and applicants from prohibited personnel practices, especially reprisal for whistleblowing.

The FLRA is an independent agency that administers the labor-management relations program for 1.9 million federal employees worldwide,