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.

White Paper: Fixing Federal Labor Relations

Recently, the author submitted this White Paper to congressional representatives to help them understand the state of the Federal labor relations program. The author believes Federal labor relations stifles initiative and impedes needed change in Agencies. Read this White Paper and decide for yourself whether or not the points it seeks to make are valid.

Government Cutbacks: Will Federal Unions Chip In?

Federal Agencies are facing major cutbacks in an effort to resolve debt and other problems. Federal sector unions are almost entirely funded in day-to-day operations by appropriated funds. The author asks whether some thought has been given to asking unions to voluntarily dig into their untouched dues collection funds to help out in these tough times.

Ten Points Agencies Should Consider After the New “Covered By” Decision

The author suggests ten considerations for Agencies following the DC Circuit’s landmark decision defining the “Covered By” doctrine as foreclosing bargaining topics disposed of when the collective bargaining agreement between the parties was negotiated. Whether agency leadership knows enough to take advantage of the decision and whether its politicos will intervene to favor the union is an unanswered question.

AFGE Proposal: Agency Pays All Union Operating Costs

In a follow up on the Federal sector’s largest union’s demands in a nation-wide agreement, the author highlights the kinds of proposals AFGE is making to Agencies. As readers will see, Federal unions can and often do get the money they use for organizing and for political activity by getting Agencies to pay all of their other bills.