Looks like agencies are starting to get to work on plans to create labor-management forums. But there seems to be a lot of disagreement over who the key players should be. Unions want top management involved and say they "aren't going to play" if it's primarily LR specialists. But it seems to me LR specialists are the ones who know the law and the history and can make sure any agreements will stand up.
Also, not surprisingly, it doesn't seem like many agencies are chomping at the bit to participate in pilot projects to negotiate over issues covered by the permissive scope of bargaining. So far, only the National Credit Union Administration and National Treasury Employees Union have agreed to do so.
How are things going at your agency? And do you think these forums will ultimately result in more collaborative relationships between unions and management?
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