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



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04:0456(62)NG
The decision of the Authority follows:


 4 FLRA No. 62
 
 NATIONAL TREASURY EMPLOYEES UNION
 Union
 
 and
 
 DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY,
 U.S. CUSTOMS SERVICE,
 WASHINGTON, D.C.
 Activity
 
                                            Case No. O-NG-144
 
                DECISION AND ORDER ON NEGOTIABILITY APPEAL
 
    THIS CASE COMES BEFORE THE FEDERAL LA0OR RELATIONS AUTHORITY PURSUANT
 TO SECTION 7105(A)(2)(E) OF THE FEDERAL SERVICE LABOR-MANAGEMENT
 RELATIONS STATUTE, 5 U.S.C.  7101-7135.
 
    THE U.S. CUSTOMS SERVICE, WASHINGTON, D.C. (CUSTOMS) SENT THE
 NATIONAL TREASURY EMPLOYEES UNION (NTEU) PROPOSED ISSUANCES CONCERNING A
 REQUIREMENT FOR CUSTOMS PATROL OFFICERS (CPO'S) AND CUSTOMS INSPECTORS
 (INSPECTORS) TO WEAR UNIFORMS WHILE ATTENDING TRAINING AT THE FEDERAL
 LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING CENTER (TRAINING CENTER), GLYNCO, GEORGIA.  THE
 PROPOSED ISSUANCES WERE DESIGNED TO IMPLEMENT THE REQUIREMENT OF THE
 TRAINING CENTER WITHIN CUSTOMS, AND WERE SENT TO THE NTEU TO AFFORD IT
 AN OPPORTUNITY TO MEET AND CONFER ON THE IMPACT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF
 THE REQUIREMENT.  THEREAFTER, THE NTEU SUBMITTED TO CUSTOMS A
 COUNTERPROPOSAL COMPRISING TWO SECTIONS CONCERNED WITH THE WEARING OF
 UNIFORMS BY, AND THE ISSUANCE OF UNIFORMS TO CPO'S AND INSPECTORS.
 
    THE RECORD INDICATES THE PARTIES ARE NOW IN DISPUTE OVER WHETHER THE
 NTEU AGREED THAT THE PROPOSED