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 Agency. Thus, the proposal and arguments raised by the Agency in the instant petition are identical in effect to those at issue in Federal Employees Metal Trades Council, AFL-CIO, and Department of the Navy, Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California, 16 FLRA 88 (1984), wherein the Authority ruled that the Union's proposal interferes with the Agency's right to determine its methods and means of performing work and is therefore outside the duty to bargain. Hence, for the reasons stated and the cases cited in Mare Island Naval Shipyard, the Authority concludes that the Union's proposal interferes with the Agency's right to determine its methods and means of performing work and is therefore outside the duty to bargain under the Statute. /1/ Accordingly, pursuant to section 2424.