15:0545(114)NG - AFGE, Council of SS District Office Locals and HHS, SSA -- 1984 FLRAdec NG



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15:0545(114)NG
The decision of the Authority follows:


 15 FLRA No. 114
 
 AMERICAN FEDERATION OF
 GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES,
 COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SECURITY
 DISTRICT OFFICE LOCALS
 Union
 
 and
 
 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND
 HUMAN SERVICES, SOCIAL
 SECURITY ADMINISTRATION
 Agency
 
                                            Case No. O-NG-741
 
                 DECISION AND ORDER ON NEGOTIABILITY ISSUE
 
    The petition for review in this case comes from the Authority
 pursuant to section 7105(a)(2)(E) of the Federal Service
 Labor-Management Relations Statute (the Statute) and presents an issue
 concerning the negotiability of the following Union proposal:
 
          Solicit volunteers among all qualified Claims Representatives
       before assigning people to the overpayment unit.
 
    Upon careful consideration of the entire record, including the
 parties' contentions, the Authority makes the following determination.
 According to the Union's statement of intent, the instant proposal would
 require management to solicit volunteers for a particular work
 assignment falling within the Claims Representatives' responsibilities,
 determine which volunteers are qualified for such work assignment, and
 select one of the qualified volunteers.  If there were no volunteers
 qualified for the assignment, the Agency could choose any employee it
 deems qualified to perform the work.  In this regard