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A brief history of the statutory federal labor relations program is given, followed by discussions of the Civil Service Reform Act, the scope of arbitral remedial authority in the federal sector, and related issues confronting arbitrators.

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Arbitration in the federal sector

Arbitrators and advocates give their per perspectives of arbitration in the federal sector. Arbitrators assert that the parties often fail to provide the relevant law, rules, and regulations that must be considered; the advocates assert that arbitrators often fail to apply the required standards or to consider the appropriate authority.

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The author furnishes a thorough description of the workings of the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 (for employees in federal service), including the appeal of arbitration awards to the U.S. Court of Appeals, the Court of Claims, or to the Federal Labor Relations Authority. The workings of and review criteria applied by the Authority …

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This report covers 1978 statutory, judicial and related developments at the federal, state and local levels, including federal legislation creating the Federal Labor Relations Authority, the Office of Personnel Management and the Merit Systems Protection Board. The report also discusses the impact of California’s Proposition 13.

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