11:0316(66)CA - Navy, Naval Underwater Systems Center, Newport, RI and FUSE / NAGE Local R1- 144 -- 1983 FLRAdec CA



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11:0316(66)CA
The decision of the Authority follows:


 11 FLRA No. 66
 
 DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY
 NAVAL UNDERWATER SYSTEMS CENTER,
 NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND
 Respondent
 
 and
 
 FEDERAL UNION OF SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS/
 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES,
 LOCAL R1-144
 Charging Party
 
                                            Case No. 1-CA-355
 
                            DECISION AND ORDER
 
    This matter is before the Authority pursuant to the Regional
 Director's "Order Transferring Case to the Federal Labor Relations
 Authority" in accordance with section 2429.1(a) of the Authority's Rules
 and Regulations.
 
    Upon consideration of the entire record, including the stipulation of
 facts, accompanying exhibits, and the contentions of the parties, the
 Authority finds:
 
    The complaint alleges that the Respondent failed to bargain in good
 faith with the Charging Party (NAGE), in violation of section 7116(a)(1)
 and (5) of the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute (the
 Statute), by unilaterally establishing Equal Employment Opportunity
 (EEO) factors to be used in evaluating eligible employees when filling
 supervisory vacancies, thereby changing existing conditions of
 employment without furnishing NAGE an opportunity to negotiate on the
 impact and implementation thereof.
 
    In May 1976, NAGE was certified as the exclusive representative of
 all professional, nonsupervisory employees at the Respondent's Newport,
 Rhode Island, facility.  There is no collective bargaining agreement in
 effect between the parties.  On February 28, 1980, the Respondent issued
 a memorandum concerning "EEO Factors to be Used When Filling Supervisory
 Vacancies" with an enclosure entitled "Crediting Plans For EEO Factors
 for First, Second and Third Level Supervisor," for distribution to all
 employees.  This memorandum established point scores for EEO experience
 to be used by rating panels when evaluating applicants for such
 supervisory positions.  The Respondent did not notify NAGE of the
 issuance of the aforementioned memo and crediting plans.  On April 15,
 1980, NAGE requested bargaining over the impact and implementation of
 the memo and crediting plans.  The Respondent refused to bargain and
 thereafter implemented the memorandum and crediting plans on June 1,
 1980.
 
    The General Counsel contends that, while the "Respondent was
 obligated to negotiate, on request, the impact and implementation of the
 . . . memorandum only if the memorandum changed conditions of
 employment," /1/ there was such a change in conditions of employment in
 this case.  The Authority disagrees and therefore concludes t