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.

Is It Time to Modernize Your Arbitration Article?

February 2, 2010 7:29 PM

The Author provides a draft Agency proposal for an arbitration article to bring arbitration up to date. He’s betting Agency representatives will endorse this proposal.

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Claiming A Government First in Openness, FLRA Provides Six Numbers

January 28, 2010 5:05 PM

“Openness in government” may be a matter of form over substance in some cases. Here is what author Bob Gilson found when searching through the new datasets posted by the FLRA in its attempt to meet the President’s commitment “to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government.”

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Trading an "Agency Shop" for Civil Service Reform

January 21, 2010 7:00 AM

The price paid for the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978’s merit pay, senior executive service and performance based removals was Federal employee labor relations being controlled by a law instead of an executive order. It was a lousy trade in the view of some. So as we approach the next great civil service reform, what’s on the table?

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Ten Labor and Employee Relations Predictions for 2010

January 11, 2010 6:46 PM

What will happen in federal labor and employee relations in 2010? Here are a few predictions from an expert in the field.

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Labor and Employee Relations 2009: We Couldn't Make It Up If We Tried!

January 4, 2010 8:42 PM

It’s that time of year and labor and employee relations in 2009 did not disappoint the observer of silly, scary or simply crazy events. As we look at last year, you decide whether things went up or downhill as the year progressed.

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Obama Executive Order on Labor Management Forums: Deadline Dates and Requirements

December 14, 2009 6:47 PM

Federal Agencies have lots to do in a short time to meet the requirements of the new Executive Order creating labor-management forums. The author’s wife, a retired Federal Human Resources Director, is betting him that Agencies will never meet the deadlines set by the Order for submitting plans. The author looks at requirements Agencies face.

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White House Issues Federal Labor Relations Executive Order

December 9, 2009 7:10 PM

The President issued an Executive Order that calls for a expanding negotiations between Agencies and their unions.

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FLRA Puts Personnel Specialists in the Bargaining Unit: Does the FLRA Need Remedial Reading Training?

December 3, 2009 3:11 PM

After 30 years under the Federal labor law, the FLRA has ruled for the first time that personnel specialists are in a bargaining unit as their work is routine.

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Adverse Action: Question from a Reader

December 1, 2009 7:55 PM

A practitioner asks, what should go into an adverse action letter, more or less? The author provides his take on approaching the development of adverse actions from an advocate’s viewpoint and why it’s critical to remember that the people engaged in the process can be influenced by high quality work.

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10 Reasons Supervisors Give for Not Trying to Resolve Employee Problems

November 12, 2009 7:27 AM

Do federal managers take disciplinary action only when absolutely necessary?

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