GENERAL COUNSEL ISSUES CHECK-LIST AND GUIDANCE ON UNIT CERTIFICATION

 

FLRA NEWS


FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY · WASHINGTON, DC · 20424

December 18, 1996 · PR 122-96
Contact: Helenann Hirsch
202-482-6500

GENERAL COUNSEL ISSUES CHECK-LIST AND
GUIDANCE ON UNIT CERTIFICATION

FLRA General Counsel Joseph Swerdzewski today issued a unit certification check-list for customers to use to help ensure that their bargaining relationship remains stable, and also issued guidance to the FLRA Regional Directors about how to identify and correct certification issues.

The check-list, presented in an easy-to-read format, asks unions and agencies a series of questions about their relationship, such as whether the the agency acquired any grouping of employees from another agency. If the parties answer "yes" to any of the listed questions, they are instructed to contact an FLRA Regional Office for assistance.

In issuing the check-list and guidance, General Counsel Swerdzewski emphasized that "making sure certifications stay up-to-date and accurate is an important preventative measure that helps ensure a stable and productive collective bargaining relationship. This is particularly significant during times of government-wide reorganization. We hope the check-list and guidance help promote these goals."

To help the Regional Office provide quick assistance, the check-list also presents the type of information the agency and union should try to gather before th