AFGE congratulates Susan Grundmann on her confirmation by the Senate as a member of the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA).
Grundmann is highly qualified for the position. She previously served as the chairwoman of the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board between 2009 and 2017 before becoming the executive director of the Office of Congressional Workplace Rights, which oversees congressional employees’ rights. She also served as general counsel for the National Federation of Federal Employees prior to that.
The FLRA is a very important agency for federal workers because its job is to implement the law and promote effective labor-management relations. Federal employee unions go to the FLRA to challenge agencies’ unfair labor practices (ULPs) or failures to follow their own policies, among other things.
The FLRA, however, has been stymied by vacancies and failed leadership in recent years. Under the anti-worker Trump administration, the FLRA’s mission was skewed to reflect the administration’s political agenda of decimating the federal workforce and destroying independent unions.
AFGE looks forward to the restoration of dignity and fairness to this important administrative body. We also urge the Senate to act swiftly to confirm President Biden’s other FLRA nominees.