09:0514(59)CA - Treasury, Bureau of the Public Debt and NTEU and Chapters 190 and 199 -- 1982 FLRAdec CA



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09:0514(59)CA
The decision of the Authority follows:


 9 FLRA No. 59
 
 DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY
 BUREAU OF THE PUBLIC DEBT
 Respondent
 
 and
 
 NATIONAL TREASURY EMPLOYEES UNION
 AND CHAPTERS 190 AND 199
 Charging Party
 
                                            Case No. 3-CA-1837
 
                            DECISION AND ORDER
 
    THIS MATTER IS BEFORE THE AUTHORITY PURSUANT TO THE REGIONAL
 DIRECTOR'S "ORDER TRANSFERRING CASE TO THE AUTHORITY" IN ACCORDANCE WITH
 SECTION 2429.1 OF THE AUTHORITY'S RULES AND REGULATIONS.
 
    UPON CONSIDERATION OF THE ENTIRE RECORD IN THIS CASE, INCLUDING THE
 PARTIES' STIPULATION OF FACTS AND THE CONTENTIONS OF THE PARTIES, THE
 AUTHORITY FINDS:
 
    THE COMPLAINT ALLEGES THAT THE RESPONDENT'S DENIAL OF THE UNION'S
 REQUEST FOR TRAVEL EXPENSES FOR EMPLOYEES ON ITS NEGOTIATING TEAM
 VIOLATED SECTION 7116(A)(1), (5) AND (8) OF THE FEDERAL SERVICE
 LABOR-MANAGEMENT RELATIONS STATUTE (THE STATUTE) AS IT INVOLVED A
 FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH SECTION 7131(A) OF THE STATUTE AND A FAILURE TO
 NEGOTIATE IN GOOD FAITH.  AS A RESULT OF THE RESPONDENT'S REFUSAL TO PAY
 TRAVEL EXPENSES, THE UNION ALTERED ITS NEGOTIATING TEAM SO AS TO INCUR
 NO TRAVEL EXPENSES.
 
    THE DISPOSITIVE FACTS AND POSITIONS OF THE PARTIES ARE SUBSTANTIALLY
 IDENTICAL TO THOSE INVOLVED IN BUREAU OF ALCOHOL, TOBACCO AND