12:0149(36)NG - AFGE Local 1749 and Air Force, 47th Flying Training Wing, Laughlin AFB, TX -- 1983 FLRAdec NG



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12:0149(36)NG
The decision of the Authority follows:


 12 FLRA No. 36
 
 AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT
 EMPLOYEES, AFL-CIO, LOCAL 1749
 Union
 
 and
 
 DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE,
 47TH FLYING TRAINING WING,
 LAUGHLIN AIR FORCE BASE,
 TEXAS
 Agency
 
                                            Case No. O-NG-554
 
                 DECISION AND ORDER ON NEGOTIABILITY ISSUE
 
    This case comes before the Authority pursuant to section
 7105(a)(2)(E) of the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute
 (the Statute) and raises an issue concerning the negotiability of the
 following Union proposal.
 
          All training/drills to be conducted after 1600 hours,
       Saturdays, Sundays and on holidays must be pre-scheduled in
       writing, and a copy provided to the designated union steward of
       each shift and copies posted on appropriate bulletin boards thirty
       (30) days prior to training being performed.  Any deviation from
       the scheduled training will be rescheduled thirty (30) days from
       the scheduled date with a copy of the change provided to the union
       steward of each shift and the change posted on the appropriate
       bulletin boards.
 
    Upon careful consideration of the entire record, including the
 parties' contentions, the Authority makes the following determinations.
 The Union's proposal is intended to cover the scheduling and
 notification of training of a unit of fire fighters at an Agency
 location which conducts aircraft pilot training.  In this regard, the
 Agency states:
 
          Training to prepare/qualify firefighters to operate as a team
       during an emergency must of necessity be conducted in close
       proximity to the aircraft runways;  therefore, it is impossible to
       conduct such firefighting training during the time student pilots
       are flying or practicing takeoffs/landings.  . . . It should also
       be noted that firefighter training cannot be conducted during the
       time student pilots are flying because the firefighters would then
       be unable to perform their primary duty, that of immediate
       response to an emergency.  Consequently, there are occasions when
       firefighter training can only be given after 1600 hours daily or
       on Saturdays, Sundays or holidays.  /1/
 
    With respect to the constraints which would be imposed by the Union
 proposal, the Agency contends:
 
          In order to be qualified as a firefighter and/or a team,
       firefighters must be prepared to respond on a moment's notice.
       The only way management has to assure itself of this preparedness
       is through unscheduled training/dril