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November 7, 2000 · PR 110-00
Contact: Patty Reilly

FLRA Components to Conduct Joint Training
on Occasion of FSIP 30th Anniversary

On December 11, the three components of the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) - the Authority, the Office of the General Counsel (OGC) - and the Federal Service Impasses Panel (FSIP) - will conduct a joint training session, at no charge to the public, providing an overview of the FLRA structure and programs. Among the topics to be discussed are the different missions of the components and how they coordinate their efforts when parties file cases in all three components arising from the same bargaining context.

Following this joint training session, there will be a panel discussion involving current and former Members of the FSIP to commemorate its 30th anniversary of resolving Federal sector impasses. Topics to be discussed during this portion of the training concern the origins and history of the FSIP, the evolution of the FSIP impasses resolution procedures, and some of the more important cases that have been decided throughout the years.

The overview of the FLRA structure and programs will be from 1 to 3 p.m., and the panel discussion will be from 3:15 to 5 p.m. The training program will be held at the Department of Labor Auditorium, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, D.C. For more information contact Cynthia Butler or KaChina Payne at (202) 482-6670.

The Federal Service Impasses Panel is composed of seven Presidentially appointed members serving on a part-time basis, one of whom serves as Chair. The Panel resolves impasses between Federal agencies and unions representing employees arising from negotiations over conditions of employment under the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute and the Federal Employees Flexible and Compressed Work Schedules Act. If bargaining between the parties, followed by mediation assistance, proves unsuccessful, the Panel has the Authority to recommend procedures and to take whatever actions it deems necessary to resolve an impasse.

The Federal Labor Relations Authority is an independent agency that administers the labor-management relations program for 1.9 million federal employees worldwide, 1.1 million of whom are exclusively represented in 2,200 bargaining units. In addition to the Panel, the other two components of the FLRA are the Authority and the Office of the General Counsel.

For further information regarding the Panel or these appointments, contact Joseph Schimansky, Executive Director of the Panel, at (202) 482-6670.

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