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became one of three members of the FSLRB, ensuring

that that body will have a Foreign Service perspective,

and AFSA’s first two appointees became members of

the FSGB in late 2016.

During 2016 I advised the AFSA State Vice President

on AFSA’s response to the Department’s appeal to over-

turn AFSA’s victory in the 2013 MSI case. I helped draft

the introduction and other sections of our response.

The FSLRB upheld AFSA’s victory in the first instance

and rejected the Department’s effort to overturn. The

most important element in AFSA’s victory is that it is

now settled law that the Secretary does not have the

“unilateral, exclusive and unfettered” authority to grant

MSIs, but can only do so under procedures negotiated

with the Union.

In mid-November I filed a request with the FSLRB to

render an “information and guidance” determination

on the Department’s utilization of Section 1018 of the

Foreign Service Act to justify its elimination of AFSA

dues collection for retiring AFSA members. The FSLRB

has docketed the Case as FS-PS-0002. We hope to have

a finding in the first half of 2017.

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