The FLRA has finalized a rule that will allow federal employees who are paying dues to stop those payments at any time after a year has passed, rather than being restricted to only one point during a year.
A notice in today’s Federal Register (July 9) completes a process started in March with a proposal to revise its interpretation in federal labor law stating that once an employee elects to have union dues withheld from pay, that request “may not be revoked for a period of 1 year.”
The FLRA traditionally interpreted that to mean that dues withholding may be revoked only within windows at intervals of one year. However, OPM asked for a reconsideration, saying that while the law clearly requires an initial wait of one year, it imposes no limits afterward.
The FLRA has said that removing the limit on ending withholdings complies with law guaranteeing federal employees the right to support or not support a union at their choice.
The AFGE union said the new policy “reverses nearly a half-century of settled and well-reasoned legal precedent” and is “yet another step toward this administration’s goal of busting labor unions and making it even harder for rank-and-file federal employees to speak up, defend their rights, and serve the American people.”