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Labor-Management Relations Reports

Labor-Management Relations in the Executive Branch

Federal employees have engaged in collective bargaining through labor organizations for over fifty-two years. The Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute (Statute) provides the primary framework for employees to participate in labor organizations and collective bargaining. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is publishing this “Report on Labor-Management Relations in the Executive Branch” in order to provide a more comprehensive understanding of federal sector labor-management relations than previously offered through our reports on official time usage in the Federal Government. 


This report published in October 2014 was developed to provide a summary of the state of labor-management relations in the executive branch, including existing laws and policies that were in effect during that time. This report contains information pertaining to Executive Order 13522 “Creating Labor- Management Forums to Improve Delivery of Government Services” which was revoked on September 29, 2017 by Executive Order 13812 “Revocation of Executive Order Creating Labor-Management Forums.” Note that this latter Executive Order directed Agencies to promptly move to rescind any orders, rules, regulations, guidelines, programs, or policies implementing or enforcing Executive Order 13522.

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