American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO, Local 1931, and Department of the Navy, Naval Weapons Station, Concord, California



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The decision of the Authority follows:


 2 FLRA No. 19
 
 MR. WILFORD SCOTT
 UNION PRESIDENT
 AFGE LOCAL 1931
 P.O. BOX 5548
 CONCORD, CALIFORNIA 94524
 
                        RE:  AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT 
                             EMPLOYEES, AFL-CIO, LOCAL 1931, 
                             AND DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY, NAVAL
                             WEAPONS STATION, CONCORD, 
                             CALIFORNIA, Case No. 0-NG-55
 
 DEAR MR. SCOTT:
 
    THE AUTHORITY HAS CAREFULLY CONSIDERED THE SUBMISSIONS OF THE PARTIES
 FILED IN THE ABOVE-ENTITLED CASE.  FOR THE REASONS INDICATED BELOW, THE
 AUTHORITY HAS DETERMINED YOUR APPEAL MUST BE DENIED.
 
    THE BASIC FACTS, AS SET FORTH IN THE RECORD, ARE AS FOLLOWS:  THE
 UNION AND THE ACTIVITY ARE PARTIES TO AN AGREEMENT WHICH BECAME
 EFFECTIVE ON MARCH 30, 1979, UPON TERMINATION OF A PRIOR NEGOTIATED
 AGREEMENT.  THE PARTIES' PRIOR AGREEMENT, AND THEIR AGREEMENT OF MARCH
 30, 1979, CONTAIN CERTAIN PROVISIONS WITH RESPECT TO DISTRIBUTION
 CHANNELS FOR UNION NOTICES.  IN JANUARY 1979, A UNION OFFICIAL
 DISTRIBUTED A LETTER TO ACTIVITY EMPLOYEES.  THE LETTER DEALT WITH A
 POSSIBLE MERGER OF THE FEDERAL RETIREMENT SYSTEM WITH THE SOCIAL
 SECURITY SYSTEM AND ENCOURAGED EMPLOYEES TO WRITE THEIR CONGRESSIONAL
 REPRESENTATIVES AGAINST SUCH MERGER.  THE RECORD IS UNCLEAR, AND THE
 PARTIES IN DISPUTE, AS TO WHETHER THE AFOREMENTIO