16:0313(49)NG - NFFE Local 943 and Air Force, Keesler AFB, MS -- 1984 FLRAdec NG

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The decision of the Authority follows:

 16 FLRA No. 49
 LOCAL 943
                                            Case No. O-NG-581
    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 concerning the negotiability of the
 following proposal which relates to the Agency's Performance Appraisal
          Section A. The Performance Appraisal program shall be
       implemented for bargaining unit employees in compliance with
       Chapter 43, Title 5 U.S.C., Chapter 430 of the Federal Personnel
       Manual, and this agreement.
          Section B.  The Employer has the exclusive right to establish
       performance standards, critical elements and non-critical elements
       under guidelines developed by a Union/Mgnt Performance Standards
       Panel.  These standards and critical and non-critical elements
       shall be in writing and shall be consistent with the duties and
       responsibilities contained in the employee's position description.
        These standards shall be job related and objective.  Each
       employee shall be given a copy of their position description,
       performance standards, and critical and non-critical elements that
       relate to their position.
          Section C. The Employer agrees to encourage employees to
       participate in the establishment of performance elements and
       performance standards for their individual position and to allow
       the employee to have a Union representative present during
       discussions of the elements and standards.  Employees shall be
       encouraged to provide input to their supervisors via comments and
       recommendations during the development of standards for their
       position.  In the event that the employee and supervisor cannot
       agree upon applicable performance standards and critical elements
       for an employee or position, the matter shall be referred to a
       Union/management performance standards panel containing a union
       member who will be an active participant in discussions.  The
       standards and critical and non-critical elements shall be put in
       writing and signed or initialed by the employee and supervisor.
       Amendments should be noted with the parties' initials.  Employees
       and their supervisors shall meet at least once each year to
       discuss the performance standards and critical and non-critical
       elements applicable for the coming rating year.  Performance
       Elements and Standards will be given in writing to the employee at
       the beginning of the appraisal period.
          Section D.  Employees shall receive a performance appraisal
       from a supervisor located at the employees' worksite which shall
       be accomplished in a fair and objective manner and based on a
       comparison of employee performance with the standards established
       for the appraisal period in accordance with the following:
          1.  The supervisor shall discuss the employee's job performance
       with the employee in private surroundings at least once every
       three (3) months during the rating period.
          2.  If the supervisor has identified shortcomings in the
       employee's performance, the employee will be notified when the
       problem is perceived, at the three (3) month's discussion, and at
       anytime thereafter, if necessary.  The supervisor will suggest
       ways for the employee to improve his/her performance to a
       satisfactory level, and provide necessary training which may be
       required.  Follow-up discussions may be held after the initial
       discussion, if required.
          3.  The annual performance appraisal will be in written form.
       The supervisor shall discuss the completed apprais