15:0796(151)NG - NFFE Local 1379 and Interior, Bureau of Land Management , Oregon State Office -- 1984 FLRAdec NG



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15:0796(151)NG
The decision of the Authority follows:


 15 FLRA No. 151
 
 NATIONAL FEDERATION OF
 FEDERAL EMPLOYEES, LOCAL 1379
 Union
 
 and
 
 DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR,
 BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT,
 OREGON STATE OFFICE
 Agency
 
                                            Case No. O-NG-839
 
                 DECISION AND ORDER ON NEGOTIABILITY ISSUE
 
    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 an issue
 concerning the negotiability of the following proposal:
 
          The competitive area in a reduction-in-force shall consist of
       the Bargaining Unit as described in Article II, and Wage
       Supervisors over the employees.  In addition, any employee
       qualified to "bump" or eligible to "retreat" into such jobs shall
       also be eligible for inclusion in the competitive area for the
       purpose of bumping or retreating only.
 
    Upon careful consideration of the entire record, including the
 parties' contentions, the Authority makes the following determination.
 The proposal seeks to define a competitive area within the Agency for
 purposes of reduction-in-force (RIF).  The Agency asserts that the
 proposed competitive area would encompass non-bargaining unit employees,
 specifically, supervisors in addition to bargaining unit employees.  The
 Agency concludes, based upon this fact, that it has no obligation to
 bargain over the proposal.
 
    The Authority, in American Federation of Government Employees, Local
 32, AFL-CIO and Office of Personnel Management, 14 FLRA No. 98 (1984),
 appeal docketed, No. 84-1250 (D.C. Cir. June 15, 1984) has addressed the
 negotiability of a proposal dealing with competitive areas for RIF
 purposes where an agency established that the proposed competitive area
 affected non-bargaining unit employees.  In that case the Authority
 noted that it is well established that the duty to bargain does not
 extend to matters concerning positions and employees outside the
 bargaining unit.  International Federation of Professional and Technical
 Engineers, AFL-CIO, NASA Headquarters Professional Association and
 National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Headquarters, Washington,
 D.C., 8 FLRA 212 (1982) and cases cited therein at note 5.  However, an
 agency generally may bargain over such matters if it so chooses.  See,
 e.g., American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO, Local 2 and
 Department of the Army, Military District of Washington, 4 FLRA 450
 (1980).  Insofar as the proposal defining a competitive area in Office
 of Personnel Manageme