14:0111(24)CA - DOD Dependents Schools and Overseas Education Association -- 1984 FLRAdec CA

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The decision of the Authority follows:

 14 FLRA No. 24
 Charging Party
                                            Case No. 3-CA-2717
                            DECISION AND ORDER
    This matter is before the Authority pursuant to the Regional
 Director's "Order Transferring Case to the Authority" in accordance with
 section 2429.1(a) of the Authority's Rules and Regulations.
    Upon consideration of the entire record in this case, including the
 stipulation of facts and the parties' contentions, the Authority finds:
    The complaint alleges that the Respondent violated section 7116(a)(1)
 and (8) of the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute (the
 Statute) by its failure and refusal to comply with the provisions of
 section 7131(a) of the Statute.  Thus, the Respondent refused the
 Union's request for travel orders and per diem expenses for its
 designated employee representatives at negotiations conducted between
 the parties commencing on May 4, 1981, and for mediation sessions
 conducted on May 27, 28 and 29, 1981.
    The facts and positions of the parties are substantially identical to
 those involved in Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms v. FLRA, 104
 S.Ct. 439(1983) wherein the United States Supreme Court concluded that
 the obligation of an agency under section 7131(a) of the Statute to
 provide official time to employees representing an exclusive
 representative in the negotiation of a collective bargaining agreement
 does n