Review of Strike Prevention and Contingency Planning of Selected Federal Agencies

FPCD-76-94: Published: Nov 17, 1976. Publicly Released: Nov 18, 1982.

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A review of strike prevention and contingency planning of selected federal agencies, including the Postal Service, was conducted as requested by the Chairman of the Committee on Post Office and Civil Service. Enclosure I contains information on work disruptions at the agencies and highlights of other disruptions in the Federal Service. Enclosure II lists the agencies and discusses the plans which would help them to maintain services in the event of a strike.

None of the selected agencies had a formal strike prevention plan. Agency officials cited several personnel practices which contributed to strike prevention. Labor relations in the Postal Service closely paralleled those of the private sector. Although strikes are prohibited for the Postal Service, binding arbitration is available for unresolved labor disputes. There is no general requirement for agencies to develop contingency plans, and it was found that many agencies had no specific contingency policies, nor had they developed guidance for subordinate activities.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Civil Service Commission should: (1) require and periodically monitor (perhaps as part of its evaluation program) contingency planning in those agencies which it determines provide essential public services; and (2) develop and provide general policy and procedural guidance to other federal agencies for dealing with strikes and related incidents.

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