Annual Report 2015 | American Foreign Service Association
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AFSA Staff Attorney Raeka

Safai explains the implica-

tions of the latest changes

to Foreign Affairs Manual

rules governing the review

process for employees’

official and unofficial public

speaking, teaching, writing

and media engagements.

(AFSA/Maria C. Livingston)

An important benefit of AFSA membership is

access to individual counseling with AFSA’s legal

team in the Labor Management Department.

The labor management staff opened 301 new

individual cases in 2015 (72 of these had been

resolved by year’s end). The majority of individual

cases are grievances, most of which concern per-

formance evaluations that can lead to denial of

tenure, failure to be promoted, low-ranking and

selection out by the Foreign Service Performance

Standards Board.

AFSA’s labor management staff also prepared and

represented eight members during transcribed

interviews with the House Select Committee on

Benghazi.

In total, our labor management team recorded

873 contacts from Foreign Service members. Of

those recorded, roughly 93 percent were from

State employees, and 75 percent of those were

from employees at the FS-4, FS-3 and FS-2 levels.

LABOR MANAGEMENT

COUNSELING FOR INDIVIDUALS

75%

FS-4, FS-3, FS-2

LEVEL EMPLOYEES

93%

STATE

EMPLOYEES

873

CONTACTS FROM

FOREIGN SERVICE MEMBERS

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