GENERAL COUNSEL ISSUES FACILITATION, INTERVENTION, TRAINING AND EDUCATION POLICY

 

FLRA NEWS


FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY · WASHINGTON, DC · 20424

June 18, 1997 · PR 112-97
Contact: Kim Weaver
202-482-6500

GENERAL COUNSEL ISSUES FACILITATION, INTERVENTION, TRAINING AND EDUCATION POLICY

FLRA General Counsel Joseph Swerdzewski today issued a policy to the Regional Directors governing facilitation, intervention, training and education (FITE) services provided by the Office of the General Counsel (OGC). The FITE policy is the OGC implementation of the Federal Labor Relations Authority's agency-wide Collaboration and Alternative Dispute Resolution (CADR) initiative to assist labor and management parties develop collaborative relationships, and to provide dispute resolution services in unfair labor practice, representation, negotiability, impasses and arbitration cases pending before the OGC, the three Authority Members, and the Federal Service Impasses Panel.

The FITE policy furthers the OGC mission of providing leadership in promoting stable and productive labor-management relationships in the Federal sector by:

  • Ensuring understanding of, and compliance with, the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute;
  • Assisting the parties in developing consensual problem-solving skills to reduce their reliance on adversarial methods;
  • Enabling Federal agencies in partnership with Federal unions to deliver the highest quality services; and
  • Enhancing the quality of work life and the well-being of employees and managers.

"Our FITE services provide Federal employees, unions and agencies with a problem-solving alternative to adversarial litigation and the opportunity to obtain assistance to enhance labor-management relationships which deliver the highest quality services and enhance the quality of work life and well-being of employees and managers," said General Counsel Swerdzewski. "FITE activities allow OGC employees to use their labor law and problem solving expertise to assist Federal employees, unions and agency management in resolving disputes and enhancing labor-management relationships."

The policy describes the services offered by the OGC. Objective criteria, which are used to determine if FITE services are appropriate, are outlined to ensure that the Regional Directors and the parties have a common understanding of how the Office of the General Counsel concentrates its limited resources where they have the potential to achieve the greatest results. In addition, the role of the senior dispute resolution specialist in each regional office and the importance of the involvement of all OGC employees in assisting parties in resolving their disputes in an informal and non-adversarial