Unions

  • Senate committee kicks off series of hearings on civil service reform

    The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs’ federal workforce subcommittee said it’s on a fact-finding mission this year. Subcommittee Chairman James Lankford (R-Okla.) said he wants to hear from federal managers about the existing authorities and processes that make their jobs more difficult.

  • Postal reform legislation continues momentum with union support

    A long-awaited bill to reform the U.S. Postal Service’s troubled finances could have the momentum it needs to make it to President Donald Trump’s desk after four major postal unions voiced their support for the legislation at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on Tuesday.

  • AFGE’s take on pay and hiring freezes

    J. David Cox, national president of AFGE, joins host Derrick Dortch on this week’s Fed Access to discuss federal workers will be affected by pay and hiring freezes imposed by President Donald Trump. February 3, 2017

  • Brandon Judd: Elections matter for CBP union

    As the saying goes, elections matter. That’s proving true once again on the nation’s border with Mexico. Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, the union representing agents of Customs and Border Protection, shares the latest on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

  • Fireproofing feds: Good idea. Bad idea?

    Senior Correspondent Mike Causey asked if the government would function better if it was easier to fire people, and got some feedback.

  • With VA’s Shulkin, Trump gets continuity and private sector ideas, experts say

    Veterans service organizations and the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents roughly 230,000 employees at the Veterans Affairs Department, say the President-elect’s nominee to lead the agency is a pleasant surprise. Dr. David Shulkin, the current VA undersecretary for health, should give the agency some continuity during the transition, they said.

  • Mark Dimondstein: Postal union pleased with NLRB decision

    Last week, the National Labor Relations Board adopted a ruling by one of its administrative law judges, which ordered the Postal Service to discontinue its relationship with the office supplies chain Staples. Members of the American Postal Workers Union were pleased with the decision. APWU President Mark Dimondstein tells Federal News Radio’s Eric White on Federal Drive with Tom Temin just what the conclusion of this legal dispute means for its members.

  • Federal pay freeze likely under new Congress

    President Obama’s 2.1 percent pay hike may be the last feds see for awhile from Congress, says Jeff Neal, former DHS chief human capital officer.

  • How federal employee groups hope to change negative view of the workforce

    The National Treasury Employees Union and the Senior Executives Association both said they hope to better educate the new administration and Congress about the federal workforce.

  • The future of unions

    Unions face a unique future as robotics and the new Trump administration will challenge their existence. Richard Levick, founder and CEO of Levick, discusses how unionized labor will need to adapt to stay relevant, plus whether unions can transition to more white-collar labor as automation gradually eliminates more and more blue-collar jobs in America.

  • Mark Dimondstein: New direction for USPS in new administration?

    Both the U.S. Postal Service and its labor unions have been pleading with Congress for several years, hoping for a reform bill that would help return USPS to financial health. It hasn’t happened yet, but the start of a new Congress in January brings another chance for lawmakers to try. Mark Dimondstein, president of the American Postal Workers Union, which represents about 200-thousand postal employees. We recorded a wide-ranging interview earlier this week about the union’s priorities on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

  • OPM extends deadline for federal vision, dental plan decisions

    The Office of Personnel Management is giving federal employees and retirees an extra day to make changes to, enroll or cancel their dental or vision plans.

  • Pay raise: Is it back to the future time?

    Why would federal workers boo a president for giving them a 9 percent pay raise, then cheer another one for a 2.1 percent increase? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says timing is everything.

  • Extent of telework, attendance abuse a gray area at patent office

    An oversight subcommittee wants to know whether time and attendance abuse at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is widespread or the product of incomplete reporting.

  • Even in a Trump admin, AFGE believes feds will get a higher pay raise for 2018

    For J. David Cox, national president for the American Federation of Government Employees, the outcome of the 2016 presidential election came down to “bread and butter issues.” And those are challenges that his union, which represents more than 309,000 federal employees, will rally for with the start of the new administration as well.