14:0079(18)NG - AFGE Local 3424 and Federal Home Loan Bank Board, San Francisco, CA -- 1984 FLRAdec NG



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14:0079(18)NG
The decision of the Authority follows:


 14 FLRA No. 18
 
 AMERICAN FEDERATION OF
 GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, AFL-CIO
 LOCAL 3424
 Union
 
 and
 
 FEDERAL HOME LOAN BANK BOARD
 SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
 Agency
 
                                            Case No. O-NG-719
 
                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 presents issues
 relating to the negotiability of the following two Union proposals:
 
                             Union Proposal 1
 
          Overhead for weekend travel from a temporary duty station to
       the employee's official residence during an assignment shall be
       based on the following:
 
          When the cost of staying at his/her temporary duty station on
       weekends exceeds the cost of travel by his/her POV to his/her
       official residence and return, such employee will be entitled to
       overhead up to a maximum of three hours each way.  However, travel
       by POV each way must be arranged so that one hour of travel is on
       the employee's own time.
 
          Flight schedules must also be arranged so that one hour of
       travel is on the employee's own time.
 
                             Union Proposal 2
 
          For each four (4) week period which a unit employee is in a
       continuing per diem status, and the per diem status will last
       another five (5) work days, the District Director will authorize
       the employee to return to the Official Duty Station at the end of
       the 4th week.  The employee will travel to and from the Official
       Duty Station by the most expeditious means of transportation
       practicable.
 
    Upon careful consideration of the entire record, including the
 parties' contentions, the Authority makes the following determinations.
 According to the Union's stated intent, Union Proposal 1 requires the
 Agency to grant employees a maximum of 3 hours of duty time for
 traveling, each way, when an employee on temporary duty assignment
 wishes to return to the employee's residence on the weekends and the
 cost of staying at the temporary duty assignment exceeds the cost of
 traveling.  Thus, the express language of the proposal would preclude
 the assignment of work for a maximum of 6 hours to those employees who
 travel to their residence at the end of the workweek and return to their
 temporary duty assignment in the beginning of the workweek.  In this
 regard, the proposal is substantively identical to Proposal 2 in
 American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO, Local 3483 and
 Fe