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.

Department of Education v. AFGE: Union Busting or Fiscal Responsibility?

By on March 17, 2018 in Agency News, Human Resources with 0 Comments
Department of Education v. AFGE: Union Busting or Fiscal Responsibility?

AFGE and the Education Department have been battling over a collective bargaining agreement. Is the agency “union busting” or being financially prudent?

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Education Says AFGE Waived Rights, Implements Collective Bargaining Agreement

By on March 14, 2018 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Education Says AFGE Waived Rights, Implements Collective Bargaining Agreement

When a union does not respond to an agency proposal after a time, can the agency implement it? Broad action by the Education Department may answer the question.

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New FLRA Fixes ‘Arbitrary and Capricious’ Case Law of Predecessor

By on March 5, 2018 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
New FLRA Fixes ‘Arbitrary and Capricious’ Case Law of Predecessor

After previously setting two separate standards for reviewing an arbitrator’s decision, a recent FLRA decision with its new Members complies with a decision of the DC Circuit court. The FLRA is now applying only one “standard.” This case should be required reading for the labor relations community.

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Federal Labor Relations: Some Thoughts for Executives, Political & Otherwise

By on March 1, 2018 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Federal Labor Relations: Some Thoughts for Executives, Political & Otherwise

The author offers some tips for agency leaders on planning a labor relations strategy.

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Janus V. AFSCME: Effect on Federal Sector Labor Relations

By on February 27, 2018 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Janus V. AFSCME: Effect on Federal Sector Labor Relations

A case involving public sector unions is currently being heard by the Supreme Court. How does it affect federal employees?

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Streamlining the Federal Employee Appeal Process

By on February 20, 2018 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Streamlining the Federal Employee Appeal Process

The author says the system for revoking security clearances for misconduct could be used as a model for handling general employee performance problems in agencies.

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Union Official Time: Why a Basic Change is Needed

By on January 31, 2018 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Union Official Time: Why a Basic Change is Needed

The author says that reports of official time issued by OPM are inaccurate and understated. He raises some questions about the use of official time.

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Impasses Panel Signals Policy Shift: Want It? Prove You Need It!

By on January 25, 2018 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Impasses Panel Signals Policy Shift: Want It? Prove You Need It!

A recent case decision suggests the FSIP has shifted from its past philosophy. The author provides an analysis.

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Federal Labor Relations: 2018 Predictions (or Maybe Hopes)

By on January 3, 2018 in Human Resources with 0 Comments
Federal Labor Relations: 2018 Predictions (or Maybe Hopes)

The author looks at problems created by the FLRA under past administrations and how the FLRA under the new administration might address them.

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Are Apparent Factional Battles at AFGE Challenging Union President?

By on November 15, 2017 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Are Apparent Factional Battles at AFGE Challenging Union President?

Internal politics at AFGE, which represents more Federal employees than any other union in the Federal sector, are getting interesting.

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