The Federal Labor Relations Authority has ruled that federal unions may initiate “mid-term” bargaining when issues crop up that weren’t on the table when the contract was negotiated. The U.S. Supreme court last year said it was up to FLRA to decide whether such bargaining could be initiated only by management or by unions as well. The Authority’s decision comes as no surprise since it previously had ruled in favor of unions; the case went to the Supreme Court because federal appeals courts had made differing interpretations. Unions consider mid-term bargaining a valuable and necessary tool when agencies reorganize, change missions or add or cut jobs during the period of a contract.