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.

Federal Labor Relations Authority Issues Landmark Bargaining Decision

May 2, 2018 7:55 AM

The newly constituted FLRA has issued a landmark decision to restrict the bargaining obligation between agencies and unions. Here is a summary and analysis.

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Department of Education v. AFGE: Union Busting or Fiscal Responsibility?

Department of Education v. AFGE: Union Busting or Fiscal Responsibility?

AFGE and the Education Department have been battling over a collective bargaining agreement. Is the agency “union busting” or being financially prudent?

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Education Says AFGE Waived Rights, Implements Collective Bargaining Agreement

March 14, 2018 5:47 PM
Education Says AFGE Waived Rights, Implements Collective Bargaining Agreement

When a union does not respond to an agency proposal after a time, can the agency implement it? Broad action by the Education Department may answer the question.

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New FLRA Fixes ‘Arbitrary and Capricious’ Case Law of Predecessor

March 5, 2018 1:17 PM , Updated March 11, 2018 9:36 AM

After previously setting two separate standards for reviewing an arbitrator’s decision, a recent FLRA decision with its new Members complies with a decision of the DC Circuit court. The FLRA is now applying only one “standard.” This case should be required reading for the labor relations community.

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Federal Labor Relations: Some Thoughts for Executives, Political & Otherwise

March 1, 2018 10:01 AM
Federal Labor Relations: Some Thoughts for Executives, Political & Otherwise

The author offers some tips for agency leaders on planning a labor relations strategy.

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Janus V. AFSCME: Effect on Federal Sector Labor Relations

February 27, 2018 9:44 AM , Updated March 5, 2018 11:25 AM
Janus V. AFSCME: Effect on Federal Sector Labor Relations

A case involving public sector unions is currently being heard by the Supreme Court. How does it affect federal employees?

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Streamlining the Federal Employee Appeal Process

February 20, 2018 10:46 AM
Streamlining the Federal Employee Appeal Process

The author says the system for revoking security clearances for misconduct could be used as a model for handling general employee performance problems in agencies.

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Union Official Time: Why a Basic Change is Needed

January 31, 2018 10:37 AM , Updated February 6, 2018 5:38 PM

The author says that reports of official time issued by OPM are inaccurate and understated. He raises some questions about the use of official time.

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Impasses Panel Signals Policy Shift: Want It? Prove You Need It!

January 25, 2018 4:30 PM , Updated February 1, 2018 3:14 PM

A recent case decision suggests the FSIP has shifted from its past philosophy. The author provides an analysis.

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Federal Labor Relations: 2018 Predictions (or Maybe Hopes)

January 3, 2018 11:14 AM , Updated January 10, 2018 11:02 AM

The author looks at problems created by the FLRA under past administrations and how the FLRA under the new administration might address them.

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