FLRA INVITES COMMENTS ON MIDTERM BARGAINING

 

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FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY · WASHINGTON, DC · 20424
June 21, 1999 · PR 110-99
Contact: Patty Reilly
202-482-6500

FLRA INVITES COMMENTS ON MIDTERM BARGAINING

The Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) announced today that it is inviting interested persons to file amicus briefs in an unfair labor practice proceeding pending before the Authority. The case, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C. and U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA and National Federation of Federal Employees, Local 1309, WA-CA-30451, requires the Authority to determine whether and under what circumstances agencies are obligated to engage in union-initiated midterm bargaining.

Procedurally, the case is before the Authority on remand from the United States Supreme Court, NFFE and FLRA v. Department of Interior, 119 S. Ct. 1003 (1999), and, in turn, from the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, U.S. Department of Interior v. FLRA and NFFE, Nos. 96-2855 and 97-1135 (4th Cir., April 23, 1999).

In its remand decision, the Supreme Court determined that the Authority should "make the workplace-related empirical judgments" that will balance "the polic