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.

D.C. Circuit Slams FLRA on Permitting Violations of Appropriation Law

In a very recent case before the DC Circuit, the court slammed the Federal Labor Relations Authority again for interpreting law other than its own. In what appears a sweeping decision that may reverse the effect of many years of FLRA Negotiability determinations, the Court found that absent specific appropriations language, an Agency would violate the legal prohibition against use of appropriated funds for employees’ personal expenses. Pay attention to this decision.

FLRA’s DuBester Speaks!

FLRA’s Quietest Member, Ernest DuBester, recently dissented in a case involving a union proposal calling for increased fortification of Social Security offices (Wait until you read the proposal and his dissent). DuBester is a majority (Democrat) member of the Federal Labor Relations Authority who appears to believe the union is always right.

What is Going on at FAA?

Since our article concerning secret FAA NATCA negotiations was posted various FedSmith authors and editors have gotten emails (other than the comments already posted), saying that we missed all or part of the story. We decided to share this information with our readers.

OPM Releases Hilarious Union Official Time Report

The author suggests than any Federal manager or labor relations practitioner in need of a good laugh should read OPM’s recent report on union official time use in the government. He asks whether an Agency should issue a report which is so obviously wrong just to meet report issuing requirements in some annual strategic plan goal.