American Federation of Government Employees, National Council of Social Security Payment Center Locals (Union) and Social Security Administration, Office of Program Service Centers, Baltimore, Maryland (Agency)



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07:0818(139)NG
The decision of the Authority follows:


 7 FLRA No. 139
 
 AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT
 EMPLOYEES, NATIONAL COUNCIL OF SOCIAL
 SECURITY PAYMENT CENTER LOCALS
 Union
 
 and
 
 SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION,
 OFFICE OF PROGRAM SERVICE CENTERS,
 BALTIMORE, MARYLAND
 Agency
 
                                            Case No. O-NG-297
 
                DECISION AND ORDER ON NEGOTIABILITY ISSUES
 
    THE PETITION FOR REVIEW IN 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),
 AND RAISES THE ISSUE OF THE NEGOTIABILITY OF THE FOLLOWING SEVEN UNION
 PROPOSALS INVOLVING THE AGENCY'S IMPLEMENTATION OF A TERMINAL DIGITS
 WORK ASSIGNMENT METHOD WHEREBY CLAIMS CASES ARE ASSIGNED TO AUTHORIZERS
 BASED UPON THE LAST TWO DIGITS OF CLAIMANTS' SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS.
 UPON CAREFUL CONSIDERATION OF THE ENTIRE RECORD, INCLUDING THE PARTIES'
 CONTENTIONS, THE AUTHORITY MAKES THE FOLLOWING DETERMINATIONS.
 
                      UNION PROPOSALS 2, 4 AND 5 /1/
 
    PROPOSAL 2 - INDIVIDUAL SCREENING PROCEDURES ARE TO BE UTILIZED
 UNLESS BOTH THE LOCAL AND
 
    PSC MANAGEMENT AGREE OTHERWISE.
 
    PROPOSAL 4 - UNION OFFICIALS, EEO COUNSELORS AND OTHER EMPLOYEES IN
 LIKE CIRCUMSTANCES MAY,
 
    AT THEIR OPTION, ELECT TO BE FLOATERS OR ASSIGNED A PROPORTIONATE
 DIGITAL RANGE BASED ON
 
    AVAILABLE WORK TIME.
 
    PROPOSAL 5 - AUTHORIZERS WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR SEARCHING AND
 LOCATING FOLDERS EXCEPT
 
    ON THEIR INDIVIDUAL DESKS AND BACKLOGS.
 
    ALL THREE PROPOSALS WOULD PLACE RESTRICTIONS ON MANAGEMENT'S RIGHT TO
 ASSIGN WORK.  PROPOSAL 2 WOULD REQUIRE THE AGENCY TO ASSIGN WORK BASED
 ON THE INDIVIDUAL SCREENING METHOD AND WOULD CONDITION THE USE OF
 ANOTHER PROCEDURE ON THE MUTUAL AGREEMENT OF THE LOCAL UNION AND
 MANAGEMENT.  PROPOSAL 4 WOULD BE ASSIGNED.  PROPOSAL 5 WOULD CONDITION
 THE ASSIGNMENT OF A CERTAIN TYPE OF WORK-- SEARCHING AND LOCATING
 FOLDERS-- TO LIMITED INSTANCES WHEN FOLDERS ARE LOCATED ON AUTHORIZERS'
 DESKS OR IN THEIR BACKLOGS.  IN AGREEMENT WITH THE AGENCY, THE AUTHORITY
 FINDS THAT PROPOSALS SUCH AS THESE WHICH DIRECTLY INTERFERE WITH THE
 EXERCISE OF MANAGEMENT'S RIGHT TO ASSIGN WORK ARE INCONSISTENT WITH
 SECTION WITH SECTION 7106(A)(2)(B) OF THE STATUTE /2/ AND ARE,
 THEREFORE, OUTSIDE THE AGENCY'S DUTY TO BARGAIN.  SEE AMERICAN
 FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, AFL-CIO, LOCAL 1331 AND DEPARTMENT
 OF AGRICULTURE, SCIENCE AND EDUCATION ADMINISTRATION, EASTERN REGIONAL
 RESEARCH CENTER, PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, 4 FLRA NO. 2(1980) AND
 AME