Bob Gilson

Bob Gilson is a consultant with a specialty in working with and training Federal agencies to resolve employee problems at all levels. A retired agency labor and employee relations director, Bob has authored or co-authored a number of books dealing with Federal issues and also conducts training seminars.

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MSPB Issues First Furlough Decisions and Indicates What’s Ahead in the Appeals to Come

Filed in Headline Archives, News by on September 22, 2013 Comments

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.

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MSPB Updates DoD Furlough Information September 10, 2013

Filed in Headline Archives, News by on September 12, 2013 Comments

The Merit Systems Protection Board has issued its latest guidance on DOD Furloughs dated September 10, 2013.

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MSPB Updates DoD Furlough Information

Filed in Headline Archives, News by on September 6, 2013 Comments

MSPB updates its somewhat controversial information on DOD Furlough appeals.

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President Nominates Patrick Pizzella to be FLRA Member

Filed in Headline Archives, News by on August 28, 2013 Comments

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.

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Military Managers and Federal Unions: Ten Things to Keep in Mind

Filed in Headline Archives, News by on August 15, 2013 Comments

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.

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IRS Awards: Is It a $70 Million Scandal or Something Else?

Filed in Headline Archives, News by on June 20, 2013 Comments

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.

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Federal Bargaining Preparation: Reviewing an Expiring Agreement

Filed in Headline Archives, News by on June 16, 2013 Comments

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.

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Federal Union Fiddles as Federal Employees Furloughed?

Filed in Headline Archives, News by on May 20, 2013 Comments

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?

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