14:0048(8)NG - NFFE Local 422 and DOI, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Colorado River Agency, Parker, AZ -- 1984 FLRAdec NG



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14:0048(8)NG
The decision of the Authority follows:


 14 FLRA No. 8
 
 NATIONAL FEDERATION OF FEDERAL
 EMPLOYEES, LOCAL 422
 Union
 
 and
 
 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR,
 BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS,
 COLORADO RIVER AGENCY,
 PARKER, ARIZONA
 Agency
 
                                            Case No. O-NG-695
 
                DECISION AND ORDER ON NEGOTIABILITY ISSUES
 
    The petition for review in 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 the issue of
 the negotiability of the following four Union proposals.  /1/
 
                             Union Proposal 1
 
          Under, First 1,000 Hours:
 
          Learns safety precautions to take in dealing with low voltage -
       O.J.T. with a journeyman.
 
                             Union Proposal 2
 
          Under, First 1,000 Hours:
 
          Learns what paths to take to reach individual meters, to know
       where dogs may be located and what action to take in these cases.
 
                             Union Proposal 3
 
          Under, First 1,000 Hours:
 
          The Trainee will be given First Aid Training, which will
       include snake bite training.
 
                             Union Proposal 4
 
          Under, Second 1,000 Hours:
 
          Under close supervision learns the different types of meters
       such as polyphase watt-hour, demand meters and the safety
       precautions to be taken with each type - OJT with a journeyman.
 
    Upon careful consideration of the entire record, including the
 parties' contentions, the Authority makes the following determinations.
 Each of the Union's proposals concerns the content of the Agency's
 "Training Plans for Electric Meter Readers and Installer Trainee." The
 Union asserts that as these proposals merely provide procedures to
 implement a training program that complies with Government-wide safety
 regulations issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration
 (OSHA), they do not interfere with management's rights under the
 Statute.  The Agency contends, however, that the proposals directly
 interfere with management's right to assign work pursuant to section
 7106(a)(2)(B) of the Statute.  /2/
 
    The Authority has consistently held that training assignments during
 duty hours are assignments of work, covered by section 7106(a)(2)(B).
 E.g., National Association of Air Traffic Specialists and Department of
 Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, 6 FLRA No. 588(1981).
 As such, any proposal addressing the substantive aspects of training is
 a direct interference w