17:0543(79)NG - AFGE Local 1923 and HHS, SSA, Baltimore, MD -- 1985 FLRAdec NG



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17:0543(79)NG
The decision of the Authority follows:


 17 FLRA No. 79
 
 AMERICAN FEDERATION OF 
 GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, AFL-CIO, 
 LOCAL 1923
 Union 
 
 and 
 
 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND 
 HUMAN SERVICES, SOCIAL SECURITY
 ADMINISTRATION, BALTIMORE, 
 MARYLAND 
 Agency
 
                                            Case No. 0-NG-865
 
                 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
 concerning the negotiability of one Union proposal.  /1/ Upon careful
 consideration of the entire record, including the parties' contentions,
 the Authority makes the following determinations.  /2/
 
                              Union Proposal
 
          Only under unusual circumstances where offering an employee
       time off for religious observance would severely disrupt the
       agency's function, will the accommodation be denied.
 
    This proposal would expressly require the Agency to grant an
 employee's request for religious compensatory time unless doing so
 "would severely disrupt the agency's function." The Authority concludes,
 in agreement with the Agency, that the disputed proposal is inconsistent
 with a Government-wide regulation governing the granting of compensatory
 tim