National Federation of Federal Employees, Local 1363 (Union) and Headquarters, U.S. Army Garrison, Yongsan, Korea (Activity)

 



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02:0374(50)NG
The decision of the Authority follows:


 2 FLRA No. 50
 
 NATIONAL FEDERATION OF
 FEDERAL EMPLOYEES, LOCAL 1363
 (Union)
 
 and
 
 HEADQUARTERS, U.S. ARMY
 GARRISON, YONGSAN, KOREA
 (Activity)
 
                                            Case No. 0-NG-94
 
                     DECISION ON NEGOTIABILITY APPEAL
 
    SINCE 1969, THE UNION HAS BEEN THE EXCLUSIVE REPRESENTATIVE FOR A
 UNIT OF CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES OF THE ACTIVITY LOCATED IN SEOUL, KOREA.  TO
 DATE, THE PARTIES HAVE NEVER NEGOTIATED A COLLECTIVE BARGAINING
 AGREEMENT.  A STATUS OF FORCES AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND
 THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA, WHICH AGREEMENT RESULTED FROM THE MUTUAL DEFENSE
 TREATY OF 1953 SIGNED BY BOTH NATIONS, REGULATES VARIOUS ASPECTS OF THE
 UNITED STATES MILITARY'S PRESENCE IN KOREA.  /1/ ON MARCH 27, 1979, A
 REPRESENTATIVE OF THE KOREAN GOVERNMENT INFORMED HIS AMERICAN
 COUNTERPART BY LETTER THAT A NEW TRAFFIC REGULATION ISSUED BY HIS KOREAN
 GOVERNMENT REQUIRED THE INSTALLATION OF SAFETY BELTS IN MOST VEHICLES
 AND REQUESTED THAT APPROPRIATE MEASURES BE TAKEN WITH RESPECT IN TO
 VEHICLES BELONGING TO THE UNITED STATES FORCES IN KOREA.  SUBSEQUENTLY,
 ON MAY 22, 1979, THE ACTIVITY ANNOUNCED THAT IT WAS REQUIRING ALL
 EMPLOYEES TO INSTALL SAFETY BELTS IN THEIR PRIVATELY-OWNED VEHICLES.  ON
 MAY 24, THE UNION REQUESTED AN OPPORTUNITY "TO BARGAIN OVER THIS CHANGE
 AND I