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RightGuy45  
#21 Posted : Tuesday, April 18, 2017 1:47:48 PM(UTC)
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Are Union reps/stewards paid extra ?
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#22 Posted : Tuesday, April 18, 2017 6:48:36 PM(UTC)

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at my previous agency. union stewards and union personnel were agency employees paid by the agency, and worked half time for the union and half time for the agency. I my past experience with several agencies, unions are in tight with management and frequently are not representing the employees best interest. I have seen cases where the union helped to some degree but other cases where they did not do their job and employees lost their cases. Many don't trust the union folks.
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#23 Posted : Friday, April 21, 2017 9:04:41 AM(UTC)
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I have, in the recent past, had a supervisor that probably fit the description by the original post. She thrived on creating hostility and in-fighting within our Division. Multiple personnel filed grievances.
I tried the moral high road as described before by not involving the union or upper management (using the chain of command of course), sat down with her one on one, gave her my observations and recommendations to heal some of the wounds caused. However, this then turned her on me, and I became the new target in the Division. I have never worked for a more vindictive person in my life. Fortunately for me, I knew how to protect myself and demonstrate where the real problem existed. Over time, with continued complaints, they proposed to move her to another Division (to do more of the same I am sure), but she saw the writing on the wall and opted to retire instead.
As other stated, document dates, times, and all pertinent information. Back it up (I made CD copies) and be prepared.

Now about AFGE....in my opinion, through experience. You're wasting your time. Most of them are in low level positions (stewards) and don't have the technical or regulatory capability to argue out of a wet paper bag.
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#24 Posted : Monday, April 24, 2017 11:34:34 AM(UTC)
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Can an employee hire someone else like a lawyer to fight their grievance instead of a Union Rep?
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