Q & A Session – Collective Bargaining Agreement


Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience.


My base was part of the new BRAC law regarding joint baseing and three similar unions were transfer into one new joint base organization. We currently have three CBAs and were advised by the employer that they will no longer stand. Aren’t the current CBAs or past practices and policies still in place until a new agreement is reached?


Your unions have staff to deal with the intricacies of the labor law issues. Generally, a collective bargaining agreement remains in effect even after it expires until a new CBA is negotiated. Generally, past practices are coordinated with the CBA and can often be changed with notice and impacted and implementation bargaining. I see the potential for conflict, overlap and duplication in the circumstance you describe. Common sense and a lot of hard work by management and labor is the only answer.

Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw, Bransford & Roth, PC.

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Debra Roth

Debra L. Roth is a partner at the law firm Shaw Bransford & Roth, a federal employment law firm in Washington, D.C. She is general counsel to the Senior Executives Association and the Federal Managers Association, host of the “FEDtalk” program on Federal News Radio, and a regular contributor to Federal News Radio’s “Federal Drive” morning show. Email your legal questions to lawyer@federaltimes.com.

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