16:0623(89)NG - AFGE Local 1533 and Navy, Navy Commissary Store Region, Oakland and Navy Commissary Store, Alameda, CA -- 1984 FLRAdec NG



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The decision of the Authority follows:


 16 FLRA No. 89
 
 AMERICAN FEDERATION OF
 GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES,
 LOCAL 1533
 Union
 
 and
 
 DEPARTMENT OF NAVY,
 NAVY COMMISSARY STORE REGION,
 OAKLAND, AND NAVY COMMISSARY
 STORE, ALAMEDA, CALIFORNIA
 Agency
 
                                            Case No. O-NG-753
 
                 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 raises an issue
 regarding the negotiability of the following Union proposal.
 
          New bargaining unit employees, will not have to accept direct
       deposit or mail as a condition of employment but will have the
       same options of current bargaining unit employees.
 
    Upon careful consideration of the entire record, including the
 parties' contentions, the Authority makes the following determination.
 The Union's proposal would require the Agency to maintain for new
 employees the manner of paycheck distribution which is presently used in
 distributing paychecks to current employees, i.e. distribution of
 paychecks to the workplace.  The Agency has refused to bargain over the
 proposal contending, among other things, that the disputed proposal
 concerns the technology, methods and means of performing work within the
 meaning of section 7106(b)(1) of the Statute and thus is negotiable only
 at the election of the