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.

Obama Executive Order Issues: What’s the Difference Between a Forum and a Negotiation?

As the use of Executive Order mandated Forums starts up, the author asks if Agencies are ready to face union demands to bypass the Federal labor law. While the Order says “to help identify problems and propose solutions to better serve the public and agency missions”, is this a code for expanding the scope of Federal bargaining? Read and decide.

FLRA Proposes Massive Rewrite of Regulations on Arbitrator Review

In the first major review of exceptions to arbitrator awards in 30 years, the Federal Labor Relations Authority proposes massive changes in the operation of the process. For better or worse? Compare the old regulations to the new in a side by side comparison. The author suggests the new regs may be the death knell for non-lawyers in the arbitration process and encourages advocates to comment.

The New Labor Relations: Are You Ready, Career Federal Executive?

As Executive Order 13522 is implemented, career Federal execs face new challenges finding themselves sandwiched between political appointees with a series of agendas including making unions happy, and unions with great expectations of expanded influence. Walking that wire may be a very new experience for those who were not at the front in the Clinton years. The Author offers 10 morsels of food for thought.

Labor Relations Update: Few Agencies Volunteer on Permissive Bargaining But There are Surprises in Plan Submissions

The implementation plans for the President’s vision of Federal labor management relations are rolling in. Most tout their continuing commitment to getting along but exceedingly rare are commitments to bargain “permissive” topics. The biggest surprise is the submission by the Office of Personnel Management.

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