International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Lodge 2424 (Union) and Department of the Army, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland (Agency) 

 



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05:0438(54)NG
The decision of the Authority follows:


 5 FLRA No. 54
 
 INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF
 MACHINISTS AND AEROSPACE WORKERS,
 LODGE 2424
 Union
 
 and
 
 DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY,
 ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND,
 MARYLAND
 Agency
 
                                            Case No. 0-NG-310
 
                 DECISION AND ORDER ON NEGOTIABILITY ISSUE
 
    THIS CASE COMES BEFORE THE FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY (THE
 AUTHORITY) PURSUANT TO SECTION 7105(A)(2)(E) OF THE FEDERAL SERVICE
 LABOR-MANAGEMENT RELATIONS STATUTE (THE STATUTE) (5 U.S.C. 7101 ET SEQ).
 
                              UNION PROPOSAL
 
    ALTHOUGH THE UNION'S PETITION FOR REVIEW DID NOT INCLUDE THE SPECIFIC
 LANGUAGE OF THE MATTER PROPOSED TO BE NEGOTIATED, IT IS CLEAR FROM THE
 RECORD IN THIS CASE THAT THE MATTER PROPOSED TO BE NEGOTIATED IS AS
 FOLLOWS:
 
    THAT THE NEGOTIATING MEMBERS OF LOCAL LODGE 2424, INTERNATIONAL
 ASSOCIATION OF MACHINISTS
 
    AND AEROSPACE WORKERS BE ALLOWED OFFICIAL DUTY TIME FOR CONTRACT
 PREPARATORY TIME THAT IS
 
    REASONABLE, NECESSARY AND IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST.  THUS, THE AGENCY'S
 REQUEST THAT THE UNION'S PETITION BE DISMISSED FOR FAILURE TO PRESENT A
 PROPOSAL SUFFICIENTLY SPECIFIC AND DELIMITED IN FORM AND CONTENT IS
 DENIED.
 
                    QUESTION HERE BEFORE THE AUTHORITY
 
    THE QUESTION IS WHETHER THE UNION'S PROPOSAL IS CONSISTENT WI