National Federation of Federal Employees, Local 1750 (Union) and Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service (Activity) 




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02:0371(49)NG
The decision of the Authority follows:


 2 FLRA No. 49
 
 NATIONAL FEDERATION OF FEDERAL
 EMPLOYEES, LOCAL 1750
 (Union)
 
 and
 
 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR,
 FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE
 (Activity)
 
                                            Case No. 0-NG-57
 
                     DECISION ON NEGOTIABILITY APPEAL
 
    IN 1975, NATIONAL FEDERATION OF FEDERAL EMPLOYEES, LOCAL 1750 (THE
 UNION) WAS CERTIFIED AS THE EXCLUSIVE REPRESENTATIVE OF ALL PROFESSIONAL
 AND NONPROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES IN THE NATIONAL FISH HATCHERIES OF REGION
 4, U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE (THE ACTIVITY), BUT THE PARTIES HAVE
 NEVER NEGOTIATED A COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT.  SINCE 1969,
 MANAGEMENT HAD ASSIGNED EMPLOYEES TO STANDBY DUTY ACCORDING TO A
 SCHEDULE DESIGNED TO MEET CERTAIN SITUATIONS (SUCH AS FIRE, THEFT,
 VANDALISM, ENVIRONMENTAL STRESS ON THE FISH POPULATIONS, AND MONITORING
 OF CRITICAL CONTINUING OPERATIONS) WHICH MIGHT ARISE AFTER NORMAL
 WORKING HOURS.
 
    IN 1978, BASED UPON A VARIETY OF FACTORS, THE ACTIVITY REEVALUATED
 ITS REQUIREMENTS FOR USING STANDBY TOURS OF DUTY.  THEREAFTER, IN APRIL
 1979, THE ACTIVITY NOTIFIED THE UNION OF ITS DECISION TO REDUCE OR
 TERMINATE PREMIUM PAY FOR STANDBY DUTY EFFECTIVE APRIL 22, 1979.  BY
 LETTER DATED APRIL 18, 1979, THE UNION ADVISED THE ACTIVITY OF ITS
 POSITION THAT THE MATTER OF STANDBY PAY "IS A NEGOTIABLE IT