Bargaining Toolkit

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Through the new videos series from the Field Services & Education Department, you will learn more about how basic collective bargaining rights have a big impact on your day-to-day worklife

What is Collective Bargaining?

AFGE Local Officers are elected by the members of their local to a leadership position: President, Vice President, Secretary, or Treasurer. Members entrust their local officers to manage the local union and to work together to provide direction for the local. Local leaders’ short-term and long-term planning enables the union to best serve their members, grow the local and maintain active membership, educate the bargaining unit on the union’s activities and accomplishments, interact with management, and create growth opportunities for stewards and activists. Local officers also work with other locals, their District, and AFGE National to strengthen and grow our movement.

Now Strategic Bargaining Trainings and Materials



Collective Bargaining II: NOW Strategic Bargaining (PPT)

Module 2: Negotiation Skills (PPT)


3 Types of Bargaining (Video)

Labor Relations Specialist Derek Willingham outlines the scope of bargaining and what is negotiable in a contract.

Advance Notice (Video)

Can your agency simply demand that you meet them at the bargaining table? Learn how the concept of "Advanced Notice" can help you avoid some of the most common pitfalls associated with collective bargaining.

Impact and Implementation (Video)

How do you know when an agency proposal is negotiable? This video explains how impact and implementation applies to agency proposals to working conditions and terms of employment.

Management Rights (Video)

Management will often claim that certain areas of work are not subject to bargaining because it is classified as a 'management right.' In this video, you will learn how to respond to an agency claim that a subject is non-negotiable

Webinar Instructor-led Trainings

Field Services and Education Department offers the instructor-led Webinars periodically. Please check back to see what courses are offering.

Collective Bargaining Essential Courses (Online Self-paced Courses)

This self-paced course is designed to explain your legal right to bargain collectively under 5 U.S.C. Chapter 71. Upon successful completion of the quizzes at the end of each module, participants will be awarded a Bargaining Essentials badge in their personal profile in AFGE Learn.

Resources and Research

AFGE Collective Bargaining Manual

The Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute URL

A Short History of the Statute URL Guides and Manuals URL

Searchable and printable version of the StatuteFile

Printable pdf version of the Pocket StatuteFile

FLRA Guidance on Information RequestsFile

Research and Databases


cyberFEDS® is a unique combination of daily news, practical guidance, quick tips, standard forms, helpful tools, and reference manuals.


Fedsmill is designed for union representatives and the employees they represent.   It presents tips on how to enforce and expand their rights, highlight new developments in law and practice, and challenge some of the accepted wisdom, legal and otherwise, about how unions, federal employees, and management should interact.

AFGE CaseTrack

AFGE Collective Bargaining Manual: Appendix D, CaseTrack Ground Rules

AFGE has created an online database of AFGE contracts, grievances, and arbitrations, CaseTrack. For security purposes, no one  from the local can register as a user until the Local President has registered as a Local Administrator.  To do so, Local Presidents should email name, address, preferred email address, and desired username and password to Pick a username and password.  Your password should have at least six characters and at least one special character.  Also, please use personal email, rather than government email.