Advanced Labor Relations Workshop (2 days) Chicago

Chicago, Illinois
Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Advanced Labor Relations Workshop (2 days) Chicago
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 8:30 AM -
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 4:00 PM (Eastern Time)

U.S. Department of Labor
230 South Dearborn Street
21st Floor DOL-EBSA Conference Room
Chicago, Illinois
United States

COST:  $700.00
Target Audience:
Agency labor relations practitioners, to include agency counsel and line managers requiring in-depth knowledge of Federal labor relations case law and practices to be effective.


Objectives:  Participants who successfully complete this course will:

  • be able to write better MOUs resulting from I&I bargaining;
  • have the skills to make a winning case before the FSIP;
  • be well prepared to provide sound and timely advice to managers;
  • implement a comprehensive approach to grievance handling; and
  • benefit from sharpened arbitration and ULP handling skills;
  • have "state-of-the-art" Federal labor relations knowledge;
  • be knowledgeable of recent and significant FLRA and FSIP decisions. 
  •  Agenda

     Day One

    • FLRA and FSIP Case Law Update – A look at what the Authority and the Panel are deciding and the impact on agency decision making
    • Pre-decisional Involvement with Local Committees – Preparing for and conducting pre-decisional meetings to satisfy Executive Order requirements while acting within the collective bargaining agreement
    • What the Court’s New “Covered By” Decision Means to You – A careful examination of the DC Circuit case and how it dramatically alters contract bargaining as well as I&I obligations


    • Developing MOUs – Soup to nuts on what a memorandum of understanding or agreement should include and why
    • Preparing for and Working an FSIP Case – Building an impasse case based on decisions of the Panel and making decisions on approaches to take

     Day Two

    • Dealing with Past Practice Claims – Demystifying the theory of past practice and how to respond if one is alleged
    • Managing the Grievance Process – With FLRA’s new rules and decisions on arbitration, a manager’s handling of a grievance has renewed importance.  This session provides checklists and forms to help managers respond effectively


    • Improving Your Arbitration Capability – Developing an Agency approach to arbitration preparation and advocacy under the new rules and decisions
    • Unfair Labor Practice Charges and Responses – How to improve your response to ULP allegations and work to avoid complaints while developing a theory and presentation if needed. 


     INSTRUCTOR – Bob Gilson 

    Robert J. Gilson

    Robert (Bob) J. Gilson has expertise in all aspects of Federal labor and employee relations. He began his Federal career with the US Civil Service Commission. Bob has held managerial and advocacy positions with Navy, Army, Treasury, and the National Transportation Safety Board. He has served as chief negotiator on numerous labor agreements in the U.S. and abroad. He represented his agencies before the FLRA, FSIP, MSPB, EEOC, and arbitrators. Bob had principal responsibility for advising managers on conduct and performance problems at all levels including Senior Executives. He has trained literally thousands of Federal negotiators, supervisors and managers and has been doing so for 35 years.

    The recipient of numerous awards, Bob is a frequently an invited speaker at national conferences on labor and employee relations. He considers his last assignment with NTSB to be his best, as the Agency deals with some of the most difficult jobs the government tackles. While at the Board, Bob was asked to lead the project to establish the NTSB’s National Training Academy. He retired from Federal service in 2001 and is currently a senior associate with GRA Inc. Bob’s projects run the gamut from training Agency bargaining teams at the national and field level to leading GRA’s team effort to develop and deliver a “boot camp” for employee relations’ practitioners at TSA. His latest project was the development of a peer review process at TSA that will hear and decide grievances and appeals, including removals.

    Bob is the author or coauthor of books for Federal managers. His ninth, The ABCs of Federal Labor Law, was published in the spring of 2007. Bob is also writing a series of books in electronic format for private sector managers on dealing with employee problems. To see some of his current writings, visit http// and go to the “Federal Manager’s Toolbox”. Bob has instructed many Open Enrollment Classes to include Advanced Bargaining Training: Focus on Negotiation, Advanced Employee Relations, Labor Relations for Managers and Supervisors, Advanced Employee Relations: Focus on Impact and Implementation, and many others. Wherever Bob teaches, he is always asked to return and consistently receives the highest rating from the students.

    Bob lives in Virginia Beach, VA. He is a graduate of St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA, a school noted for teaching basketball to other educational institutions nationwide.  








    Contact Information

    • Phone: (757) 723-1051, Email:

    Payment Instructions

    • If using Govt form 182 - fax the completed form to Jane Hermann @ 425-491-2448. This must be received within 10 days of your registration to avoid cancellation and to confirm your seat in the class.

      GRA, Inc.  (GRA)

      (formerly GENE ROULEAU & ASSOCIATES, INC.)

      TIN:  75-2666353     DUNS:  621871784  CAGE Code: 1LLG3

      Washington Office:

      2317 Falling Creek Road, Silver Spring, Maryland 20904

      Phone:  301-989-9659     Fax:  301-989-9373

      Payment Terms:     Net 30-days.  Please remit via ACH method, per EFT information provided below.

      Sandy Spring National Bank EFT information: Routing Number: 055001096. If payment will be made by government credit card, please contact Jane Hermann, GRA, at (757) 723-1051.  Check payments may be made to the address shown above. If check payment is made, please E-mail Jane Hermann at; when the payment is posted, a receipt will be sent to you. 

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