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The Merit Systems Protection Board signals its approach to furlough appeals in first two cases. The Board appeared to find that Agencies have broad decision making authority about where and how to take spending cuts but Agencies must treat employees in a “fair and even manner”. The author thinks that what that means is yet to be decided.
The Obama White House announced the nomination of Patrick Pizzella as an FLRA Member. The author asks if this will smooth the way for the confirmation of Carol Waller Pope whose nomination has been in limbo for almost a year.
If you’re a military manager dealing with employees represented by a union, the minefields are common and not always where you think they are. The author suggests ten things to do or know that can keep your foot off the pressure plate. Military managers should read this and their advisors should forward them a copy.
There’s a lot of hubbub around D.C. this week owing to a report that despite a presidential order freezing Federal pay, IRS employees are getting a $70,000,000.00 award payout. The Author, not known for his pro-union reporting, seeks to separate the truth from the rhetoric and examine what is going on at the IRS and why.
As negotiated agreements expire and bargaining appears likely, it is vital for an Agency to take stock of the old contract and assess where it wants negotiations to go. You can be sure the union will come to the table with an agenda; the author asks whether Agency representatives have an agenda of their own and attempts to lay out a framework for development of management’s agenda.
AFGE has scheduled a number of meetings at resorts and a national conference with discounted Disney tickets in Orlando Florida in September. How many attendees will be on official time and government paid travel and per diem is anyone’s guess. The author suggests that for every day a union representative spends at this conference, up to three might not have to be furloughed. Does this affect your pay?
Robert (Bob) J. Gilson has expertise in Federal sector labor and employee relations. He began his Federal career with the U.S. Civil Service Commission (later OPM).
Bob held managerial, advocacy and advisor positions with OPM, Navy, Army, Treasury and the National Transportation Safety Board. He served as chief negotiator on numerous labor agreements in the U.S. and abroad. He represented his agencies before the FLRA, FSIP, MSPB, EEOC and arbitrators. The recipient of numerous awards, Bob was also principally responsible for working cases involving adverse actions for conduct and performance at all levels including Senior Executives. Bob retired from Federal service is currently a senior associate with RGS Inc. RGS is the successor to GRA Inc. whose work is familiar to many of you.
He has trained literally thousands of Federal negotiators, practitioners, supervisors and managers for over 40 years. He has been a Fedsmith author for more than 8 years. Bob is a frequently invited speaker at national conferences on labor and employee relations. Projects included advising and training managers on bargaining and over the last few years serving as chief negotiator for several Agencies. Bob is currently working on a major project to develop bargaining preparation tools, basic and advanced training, and Agency negotiation strategies. If you need to get in touch, you can always reach Bob through FedSmith.com.
Bob is the author or co-author of eight books for Federal managers.