Federal Labor Agency Will Close Two Regional Offices

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By Louis C. LaBrecque

The Federal Labor Relations Authority voted to close its regional offices in Boston and Dallas, the FLRA said in a congressional budget justification released late Feb. 13.

This will leave five regional offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, San Francisco, and Washington, the agency said.

The closure of the two offices will directly affect 16 employees—nine in Boston and seven in Dallas—and result in five positions being abolished, the FLRA said. All directly affected employees will be offered reassignments within the agency, either to another regional office or to FLRA headquarters, it said.

“Based on 5-year averages, Boston and Dallas currently have the lowest case intake,” the FLRA said. “Rent for the Boston Regional Office is significantly higher per square foot than all of the FLRA’s other Regional Offices, and, for this reason, the FLRA has previously contemplated closing this office in past years.”

The FLRA administers the labor-management relations program for about 2.1 million non-postal federal employees worldwide. Its Office of the General Counsel and the OGC’s regional offices act as the independent investigative and prosecutorial component of the FLRA.

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