From Ben Hunter, FEA-SR General Counsel:

posted February 3, 2020

DoDEA has filed an appeal with the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) over Arbitrator Orkin’s decision that declared the Agency’s unilateral implementation of a successor Master Labor Agreement to be an Unfair Labor Practice.

FEA-SR is disappointed DoDEA Director Tom Brady made the decision to not comply with Arbitrator Orkin’s Award and, instead, to prolong the legal process. Doing so will unnecessarily expend more Agency resources that would be better spent for educational purposes.

FEA-SR believes the appeal is unfounded under existing FLRA and DC Circuit Court precedent and we will continue fighting to ensure educators receive appropriate restitution.

Director Brady’s decision to submit an appeal to the arbitration ruling comes after a bi-partisan group of Senators and members of Congress sent a letter to the Secretary of Defense, condemning DoDEA’s imposition of 24 additional hours of unpaid duty time. You can read that letter here.

FEA-SR members are advised to continue tracking all unpaid hours you are required by management to work using the tracking form available here.