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.

Federal Government Shaken by NFFE Threat?

March 6, 2013 6:57 PM

The NY Post published a piece recently quoting a Federal union official to the effect that there would be payback for any problems caused by sequestration. The Author suggests the Post get a grip on its reporting and that Federal unions might just want to read up on the law and some ancient history.

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Interesting Twists in OPM’s Official Time Report

February 20, 2013 10:20 PM

The author raises some questions about the validity of this year’s official time report.

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Will Hill Seek to Lower Union Time in Sequestration Deal?

February 13, 2013 8:51 PM

Rumor has it that union official time cuts may be on the table in sequestration negotiations. Rep. Gingrey (R-GA) has a bill on the floor claiming to do just that, however, it may not.

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Questions for the Confirmation of the Chair of the FLRA

January 23, 2013 7:41 PM

The current Chair of the Federal Labor Relations Authority is likely to be nominated by the President for another term in that job. The author poses some questions that some senator might ask if there is a confirmation hearing.

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Why FLRA's Chair has Disappeared from the Website

January 21, 2013 2:37 PM

Why has Carol Waller Pope disappeared from the FLRA web site? The author offers an explanation.

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FLRA's Decisions on IGs Have Broad Implications for Agencies

January 17, 2013 7:56 PM

The Federal Labor Relations Authority’s decision binding Agency Inspectors General to negotiated investigation procedures will apparently make it into the courts. The FLRA decision, if it stands, actually has much broader potential impact than initially apparent. The author asks where the FLRA’s own IG is on such matters.

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Why Did FLRA Pick a Fight with Agency IGs?

January 8, 2013 1:47 PM

In cases involving Agency Head Review of a contract provision and an appeal of an arbitrator’s award, the FLRA decided that investigations conducted by Inspectors General are controlled by the procedures existing in an applicable collective bargaining agreement.

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Telework: the Unions Will OK Consistency at a Price

December 2, 2012 1:44 PM

Any reading of OPM Chief Berry’s memo to Agency Heads on telework points out the weaknesses of Uncle Sam’s current scheme for consistent policies affecting employees. The author says that Berry doesn’t get that consistency throughout government on a working conditions issue is merely a dream on his part.

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Federal Sector Workplace is Most Violent According to Recent MSPB Report

October 22, 2012 2:45 PM

An MSPB survey found that 13% of federal employee respondents observed a violent incident in 2010. According to the report, BLS reported a result of 5% relating violent incidents in industry, state and local government asking similar questions. If the survey sample is valid, nearly 300,000 Feds observed violent incidents at work as there are about 2.3 million Federal employees.

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Negotiability and Impasse: Critical Agency Decision Point

October 12, 2012 7:05 AM

Federal unions are trying a tactic to keep otherwise non-negotiable proposals on the bargaining table. In this article, the Author discusses how an Agency might counter such moves.

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