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.

Did FLRA Make a Sneaky Decision?

October 2, 2012 2:21 PM

In a recent case, FLRA appears to play fast and loose with the statute to retain its ability to decide whether or not a union proposal was an “Appropriate Arrangement”. While the Authority found four proposals non-negotiable, it did so apparently to retain control of such outcomes rather than address the Agency’s argument that the proposals were permissive. For practitioners, it’s worth a read.

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Recent Court Decision Highlights Repeated FLRA Statutory Violations

September 7, 2012 7:20 AM

Recently, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals told the MSPB, in no uncertain terms, to stay out of the position sensitivity determination business. The Federal Labor Relations Authority has repeatedly second guessed Agencies in these matters. These FLRA decisions are not challengeable except in the Unfair Labor Practice arena. The author asks if it is time OPM and/or Agencies stepped up to the plate and took on the FLRA.

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Federal Circuit Stresses Security Removal Options Over MSPB

August 28, 2012 8:02 PM

In a landmark case (Berry v. Conyers), the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals tells Agencies that if an employee no longer is able to hold a “sensitive” position, the removal is not subject to “Adverse Action” rules or appealable to MSPB. While the principle is not new, the Court decision begs the question of why Agencies don’t use this flexibility more often.

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Former AFGE Border Patrol Council President Indicted

August 21, 2012 12:07 PM

The former president of the National Border Patrol Council was recently indicted on 13 criminal charges.

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Federal Circuit Smacks Down MSPB Attempt to Expand Its Jurisdiction

August 20, 2012 2:27 PM

In 1988, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on an employee’s right to challenge an Agency’s security clearance determination finding that such decisions cannot be second guessed by MSPB. The Federal Circuit short circuited MSPB’s latest attempt to undercut that decision and get jurisdiction over such matters.

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AFGE and TSA Reach Agreements, Lots of Questions Remain

August 8, 2012 9:31 AM

AFGE and TSA have apparently reached agreement on a new labor agreement. There are some questions that should be asked but have been ignored by the media.

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MSPB Wants Big Changes: Agencies and Agency Representatives Beware!

May 30, 2012 3:42 PM

The MSPB is proposing to change its regulations in “radical” ways (their words). Among these are pushing a rule that requires an Agency to deliver the employees of another Agency as witnesses in a hearing. Agency Counsel and representatives should pay attention.

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Doings at FLRA: Practitioners Pay Attention

May 27, 2012 8:47 PM

The FLRA has announced a series of Town Meetings that practitioners should consider attending. On a sad note, a Federal labor relations giant passes.

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National Council’s Report to President on Labor Relations: Nuthin’ Much Happened, Let’s Do It Some More and Maybe Sumpthin’ Will

May 15, 2012 4:07 PM

After nearly 2 ½ years of meetings, Agency arm twisting to establish pilots, pressure to identify metrics, and 177 pages of print, the long awaited report on labor relations was sent to the president. If you think GSA spent too much on a conference, the report proves that you can spend a ton and not even get an entertaining speaker or a dip in the hot tub in return.

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Bargaining Ground Rules Can be Complicated

May 9, 2012 9:30 AM

Whenever a new term agreement or contract is negotiated, the parties generally exchange ground rules. The author offers a set of ground rules for Agencies to consider offering when getting ready to negotiate a new contract.

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