We just completed our 3rd mediation session with the Federal
Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) last Wednesday. We are still at impasse on a bunch of articles. We will now request assistance from the Federal Service Impasses Panel (FSIP). The FSIP can do one or all of the following:
Order language on a particular proposal or parts of a proposal.
Order the parties to an arbitrator at our expense.
Appoint someone from the FLRA as an arbitrator at the FLRA's
Order the parties back to the table or back to a mediator.
One or more of the above on various articles.
Some other method of their choosing.
On another subject, here are the results of the Western Region vote:
On whether or not Professional Employees want to be included in the same unit as non-professional employees. 158 yes 136 no
On whether or not employees wanted AFGE to represent them in the Western Region. 189 yes 135 no
The Agency has 5 working days to contest the election. Barring that, the FLRA will issue a certification of AFGE as the exclusive representative in the Western Region. They will have to sign up members, conduct an election, and negotiate a contract.
AFGE Local 3529