11:0316(66)CA - Navy, Naval Underwater Systems Center, Newport, RI and FUSE / NAGE Local R1- 144 -- 1983 FLRAdec CA
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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 that the refusal to bargain did not constitute a violation of section 7116(a)(1) and (5) of the Statute. Thus, it is well settled that procedures for filling supervisory positions are matters outside the duty to bargain under the Statute because such procedures by definition concern non-bargaining unit positions. See, e.g., National Federation of Federal Employees, Locals 1707, 1737 and 1708 and Headquarters, Louisiana Air and Army National Guard, New Orleans, Louisiana, 9 FLRA No. 19 (1982) and International Association of Fire Fighters, Local F-61 and Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, 3 FLRA 438 (1980) at 441. In the instant case, the record reveals that the memorandum and crediting plans were designed specifically to facilitate the rating of applicants for first, second and third level supervisory positions. Therefore, and for the reasons set forth in the cases cited above, the Respondent had no obligation under the Statute to bargain concerning the memorandum and crediting plans as such matters do not concern conditions of employment of bargaining unit employees within the meaning of section 7103(a)(12) of the Statute. Accordingly, the complaint shall be dismissed. ORDER IT IS ORDERED that the complaint in Case No. 1-CA-355 be, and it hereby is, dismissed. Issued, Washington, D.C., February 10, 1983 Ronald W. Haughton, Chairman Henry B. Frazier III, Member Leon B. Applewhaite, Member FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY --------------- FOOTNOTES$ --------------- /1/ The General Counsel cites Department of the Navy, Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair, Groton, Connecticut, 4 FLRA No. 78 (1980), wherein the Authority concluded that "management has no duty under the Statute to notify and bargain with a labor organization before taking action concerning matters which do not constitute changes in 'conditions of employment' within the meaning of section 7103(a)(12) of the Statute."