National Federation of Federal Employees, Local 1141 and Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, Albany Metallurgy Research Center, Albany, Oregon



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The decision of the Authority follows:


 2 FLRA No. 28
 
 MR. RUSSELL E. LINCOLN
 PRESIDENT, LOCAL 1141
 NATIONAL FEDERATION OF FEDERAL EMPLOYEES
 7 NW EDGEWOOD DRIVE
 CORVALLIS, OREGON 97330
 
                           RE:  NATIONAL FEDERATION OF FEDERAL 
                                EMPLOYEES, LOCAL 1141 AND DEPARTMENT OF 
                                THE INTERIOR, BUREAU OF MINES, ALBANY 
                                METALLURGY RESEARCH CENTER, ALBANY, 
                                OREGON, Case No. 0-NG-80
 
 DEAR MR. LINCOLN:
 
    THE AUTHORITY HAS CAREFULLY CONSIDERED THE PARTIES' SUBMISSIONS FILED
 IN THE ABOVE-ENTITLED CASE.  THE SUBMISSIONS INDICATE THAT THE
 BACKGROUND OF THE DISPUTE IS AS FOLLOWS:
 
    DURING THE TERM OF THE PARTIES' AGREEMENT, THE UNION REQUESTED
 NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE ACTIVITY ON A FLEXITIME PROGRAM.  AFTER SOME
 DISCUSSION BETWEEN THE PARTIES, THE ACTIVITY RESPONDED IN WRITING THAT
 IT WAS NOT WILLING TO NEGOTIATE ON THE SUBJECT OF INSTITUTING FLEXITIME
 OR ON TOURS OF DUTY, SINCE SUCH SUBJECTS WERE MANAGEMENT RIGHTS AND
 HENCE NOT NEGOTIABLE.  ACCORDING TO THE UNION, THE ACTIVITY ALSO
 INDICATED THAT IT INTENDED UNILATERALLY TO INITIATE A FLEXTIME SCHEDULE,
 BUT WOULD BE WILLING TO NEGOTIATE ON THE IMPACT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF
 SUCH CHANGE.
 
    THEREAFTER, THE PARTIES MET AND NEGOTIATED.  SUBSEQU