Bob Gilson

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.

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

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.

D.C. Circuit Reverses FLRA Again

In a case involving FLRA’s appropriate arrangement theory, abrogation theory and its new regulations on arbitration appeals, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals dealt the agency a sharp rebuke saying that it had issued a contrary ruling to its own prior decision on the same facts in the same Agency involving the same issue.

FLRA Finds Air Traffic Controller Union Breached Labor Law But Allows Future Violations

The FLRA writes that changing its constitution to “punish” controllers who leave its bargaining unit and return, was an unfair labor practice retroactively but not “prospectively.” The unions’ action was to “punish unit members who escaped the unconscionable terms and conditions unilaterally imposed by the FAA . . . by going to work for FAA management.”