National Treasury Employees Union (Union) and Department of the Treasury, U.S. Customs Service, Washington, DC (Activity) 

 



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The decision of the Authority follows:


 3 FLRA No. 52
 
 NATIONAL TREASURY EMPLOYEES UNION
 (Union)
 
 and
 
 DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY
 U.S. CUSTOMS SERVICE
 WASHINGTON, D.C.
 (Activity)
 
                                            Case No. 0-NG-92
 
                     DECISION ON NEGOTIABILITY APPEAL
 
    THIS CASE COMES BEFORE THE FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY PURSUANT
 TO SECTION 7105(A)(2)(E) OF THE FEDERAL SERVICE LABOR-MANAGEMENT
 RELATIONS STATUTE (5 U.S.C. 7101 ET SEG.)
 
    THE U.S. CUSTOMS SERVICE, WASHINGTON, D.C., ANNOUNCED PLANS TO
 IMPLEMENT GUIDELINES CONCERNING INSPECTIONAL OVERTIME.  IN RESPONSE TO
 THIS ANNOUNCEMENT, THE NATIONAL TREASURY EMPLOYEES UNION (NTEU) SOUGHT
 TO NEGOTIATE ON THE SUBSTANCE, IMPLEMENTATION AND IMPACT OF THESE
 GUIDELINES, ASSERTING THAT THEY CHANGED PAST PRACTICES AND INSTITUTED
 SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN WORKING CONDITIONS.  THEREAFTER, THE NTEU
 SUBMITTED 54 PROPOSALS CONCERNING THE IMPACT OF THE GUIDELINES.  THE
 PARTIES MET AND BARGAINED OVER THE UNION'S PROPOSALS ON SEVERAL
 OCCASIONS. DURING THE COURSE OF NEGOTIATIONS, THE ACTIVITY NOTIFIED THE
 UNION OF ITS REFUSAL TO BARGAIN ON SIX OF THE PROPOSALS, STATING THAT
 THEY BORE NO RELATION TO THE SUBJECT MATTER UNDER CONSIDERATION.
 
    THE NTEU FILED AN APPEAL FROM THE ACTIVITY'S ACTION.  /1/ IN ITS
 STATEMENT OF POSITION, THE UNION ALLEGES THAT THE