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Labor Relations and Space Management: Engaging Federal Workers to Design the Future Workplace

Effective Federal agency workspace management requires employee engagement and labor relations knowledge and skills.

To support federal managers and union representatives ongoing space management efforts, an interagency work group, including the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA), Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) and General Services Administration (GSA) have developed a FREE, NO COST training that will be offered this spring in four regions of the country.

The National Strategy for Reducing the Federal Government’s Real Estate Footprint and OMB’s Reduce the Footprint (RTF) Memorandum present opportunities to improve federal workspace quality and functionality while also reducing real estate costs. For a summary of the critical employee engagement interests that must be addressed through the OMB RTF initiative, watch this training video.

The regional training programs will include:

  • A tour of a redesigned federal space developed in partnership with agencies to create an effective and efficient 21st century work space.
  • An overview by GSA of its owned and leased space project lifecycle and key opportunities for employee engagement and labor-management collaboration.
  • A review by the FLRA of the statutory duty and scope of bargaining and impasse resolution, as well as opportunities for pre-decisional involvement during office moves.
  • Collaborative problem-solving skills training and resources by FMCS to support effective pre-decisional involvement and collective bargaining.
  • A discussion with agencies and labor organizations that recently went through office moves about their experiences and lessons learned.
  • Resource materials for future reference and to share with colleagues.

Who should attend?

  • Union and Management LR Representatives
  • Facilities and Property Managers
  • Space Management Decision-Makers

Registration is expected to exceed capacity. Consequently preference will be given to registrants who indicate that their management or union counterpart will also attend. To register, click the link below for the session you wish to attend.

March 9-10, 2016           Chicago, IL               REGISTER HERE

March 22-23, 2016         Boston, MA               REGISTER HERE

April 19-20, 2016           Denver, CO              REGISTER HERE

May 11-12, 2016            Los Angeles, CA       REGISTER HERE


Additional details can be found on the FLRA’s announcement for the regional workshops.

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Tags: training, GSA, training opportunities for federal managers, workspace sharing, FLRA, FMCS



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