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.

President Nominates Patrick Pizzella to be FLRA Member

August 28, 2013 11:32 AM

The Obama White House announced the nomination of Patrick Pizzella as an FLRA Member. The author asks if this will smooth the way for the confirmation of Carol Waller Pope whose nomination has been in limbo for almost a year.

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Military Managers and Federal Unions: Ten Things to Keep in Mind

August 15, 2013 7:10 PM

If you’re a military manager dealing with employees represented by a union, the minefields are common and not always where you think they are. The author suggests ten things to do or know that can keep your foot off the pressure plate. Military managers should read this and their advisors should forward them a copy.

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IRS Awards: Is It a $70 Million Scandal or Something Else?

June 20, 2013 11:30 PM

There’s a lot of hubbub around D.C. this week owing to a report that despite a presidential order freezing Federal pay, IRS employees are getting a $70,000,000.00 award payout. The Author, not known for his pro-union reporting, seeks to separate the truth from the rhetoric and examine what is going on at the IRS and why.

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Federal Bargaining Preparation: Reviewing an Expiring Agreement

June 16, 2013 11:43 PM

As negotiated agreements expire and bargaining appears likely, it is vital for an Agency to take stock of the old contract and assess where it wants negotiations to go. You can be sure the union will come to the table with an agenda; the author asks whether Agency representatives have an agenda of their own and attempts to lay out a framework for development of management’s agenda.

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Federal Union Fiddles as Federal Employees Furloughed?

May 20, 2013 5:34 PM

AFGE has scheduled a number of meetings at resorts and a national conference with discounted Disney tickets in Orlando Florida in September. Does this affect your pay?

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What Makes An Arrangement Appropriate?

May 7, 2013 9:42 PM

FLRA is not deciding any cases as they are missing two members. If the former Chair is reconfirmed, we can expect more union proposals to be offered and ordered negotiable as “appropriate arrangements” for violating a management statutory right. The Author recently covered this topic at the Society of Federal Labor and Employee Relations Professionals’ annual conference. This article offers the meat of that presentation and suggestions for dealing with FLRA on this issue.

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FLRA Offers Opportunity to Comment on Prospective Advice and Training

May 1, 2013 3:19 PM

FLRA is offering parties an opportunity to provide input to both its prospective Guide to Negotiability and negotiability training materials. The author suggests that Agencies review these materials and provide input as training dollars are scarce and field activities and offices may rely on the information provided. Act quickly, the offer expires May 7, 2013.

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MSPB Trashes "Douglas" in Poorly Reasoned Decision

April 17, 2013 3:58 AM

The MSPB appears to have thrown a seminal decision into doubt in second guessing a deciding official who had considered the “Douglas Factors”.

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FLRA General Counsel Gives Incomplete Furlough Advice

April 12, 2013 4:14 AM

Have you ever listened to someone give a presentation or state a particular view and leave out a critical piece of information? The Author suggests that perhaps FLRA’s General Counsel’s bias was showing in a recent presentation on Furloughs and Agencies need to take it with a big block of salt.

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MSPB Disagrees with Agency Decision, Changes Case Law in Response

April 4, 2013 7:32 PM

In a reversal of 30 years of precedent and, arguably the view of the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, the MSPB has changed its case law on an Agency’s obligations in removing employees when the employee refuses a directed reassignment. The author points out that this Board appears on a mission to limit agency discretion despite history and precedent.

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