17:0683(99)NG - AFGE Local 32 and OPM -- 1985 FLRAdec NG



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17:0683(99)NG
The decision of the Authority follows:


 17 FLRA No. 99
 
 AMERICAN FEDERATION OF 
 GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, 
 LOCAL 32, AFL-CIO
 Union 
 
 and 
 
 OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT 
 Agency
 
                                            Case No. 0-NG-966
 
                 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
 relating to the negotiability of the following Union proposal:
 
          Employees will not be asked to perform those duties in cases
       where the skills necessary or required are beyond the skills they
       possess.
 
    Upon careful consideration of the entire record, including the
 parties' contentions, the Authority makes the following determination.
 
    The Union proposal would expressly prevent the Agency from assigning
 work to an employee unless that employee currently possessed the skills
 necessary or required to perform the work.  This would be true even if
 the assignment was for the purpose of training or to enhance the
 employee's current skills or abilities.  In this regard, the proposal is
 to the same effect as Union Provision 2 in National Federation of
 Federal Employees, Local 1622 and Department of the Army, Headquarters,
 Vint Hill Farms Station, Warrenton, Virginia, 16