14:0698(92)CA - IRS (District, Region, National Office Unit) and NTEU -- 1984 FLRAdec CA



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14:0698(92)CA
The decision of the Authority follows:


 14 FLRA No. 92
 
 INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE (DISTRICT,
 REGION, NATIONAL OFFICE UNIT)
 Respondent
 
 and
 
 NATIONAL TREASURY EMPLOYEES UNION
 Charging Party
 
                                            Case No. 3-CA-1964
 
                            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, accompanying exhibits, and the parties'
 contentions, the Authority finds:
 
    The complaint herein alleges that the Respondent, Internal Revenue
 Service (District, Region, National Office Unit), violated section
 7116(a)(1) and (5) of the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations
 Statute (the Statute) /1/ by refusing to negotiate with the National
 Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) over the impact and implementation of
 its validation study of the Employee Plans Case Assignment Guide (the
 Guide) /2/ and by bypassing NTEU when the Respondent conducted
 interviews with unit employees concerning the Guide as a part of the
 study.
 
    The stipulated record shows that the Respondent notified NTEU by
 letter dated October 7, 1980, that a validation study of the Guide would
 b