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.

Security Clearances and Indefinite Suspensions: Federal Circuit vs the MSPB

By on August 16, 2015 in Court Cases, Current Events with 6 Comments

A recent decision on an indefinite suspension and revoking an employee’s security clearance highlights a conflict between the MSPB and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

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AFGE Tells VA Secretary Which VA Executives Managers to Fire: Huh?

By on July 30, 2015 in Current Events with 122 Comments

In the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Secretary reportedly asked for a list of which managers and executives should be fired. This is a first event in the federal sector. The author raises questions about issues this creates for the agency.

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What the Heck is Going On at FAA?

By on July 20, 2015 in Current Events with 37 Comments

What is going on with the Federal Aviation Administration labor relations program? A recent resignation brings the situation into the public eye.

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Tips for Successful Dispute Resolution at the FLRA

By on July 12, 2015 in Current Events with 1 Comment

The Collaboration and Alternative Dispute Resolution (CADR) program is run by the FLRA to reduce disputes and litigation. Here are suggestions for working successfully with this program as a labor relations practitioner.

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The Perfectly Bad Case

By on June 22, 2015 in Court Cases, Current Events with 27 Comments

The Wall Street Journal recently published an opinion piece linking a Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) decision to the massive data breach that recently occurred at OPM which jeopardized the personal data of millions of current and former federal employees. The author analyzes this case and how it relates to the data breach.

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Circuit Says OPM Dropped the Ball on Suitability, MSPB Can Now Say 'Hire Liars'

By on June 17, 2015 in Court Cases, Current Events with 22 Comments

In a recent case, a panel of D.C. Circuit Court Judges lambasted OPM for asking for a three judge panel to review a single judge’s ruling without having a case to hang its legal hat on. The author explains why this case is important.

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AFGE Runs More Bad Internal Elections than Any Other US Union, DOL Finds

By on June 8, 2015 in Current Events with 158 Comments

The Department of Labor’s Office of Labor Management Standards (OLMS) since 2011 has conducted nineteen investigations of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) internal elections finding misconduct. The author notes that if you count up the bad elections by union, AFGE has more than any other public or private sector labor organization over the past five years.

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AFGE Leads All American Unions in Criminal Misconduct by its Officials Since 2014

By on June 4, 2015 in Current Events with 154 Comments

According to the Department of Labor, various criminal actions took place with regard to Federal employee union officials since January of 2014. All but one involves AFGE.

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Air Traffic Controllers Propose System Reform: Put Us In Charge!

By on April 29, 2015 in Current Events with 47 Comments

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) reportedly supports the “defederalization” of air traffic control as a boon to safe air travel and suggested an air traffic controller-owned organization apparently operated as non-profit or a quasi-government outfit. Why might NATCA want to see anything less than a complete privatization of the air traffic system?

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Member Pizzella Says "Enough is Enough" to Abusive Union Reps in FLRA Dissent

By on April 7, 2015 in Court Cases with 37 Comments

This FLRA appears ideologically mandated to excuse virtually any union bad behavior. As a result of the FLRA’s failure to hold unions accountable for it, the misbehavior happens frequently

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