18:0096(19)NG - NFFE Local 1437 and Army, Army Armament Research and Development Command, Dover, NJ -- 1985 FLRAdec NG



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18:0096(19)NG
The decision of the Authority follows:


 18 FLRA No. 19
 
 NATIONAL FEDERATION OF 
 FEDERAL EMPLOYEES, 
 LOCAL 1437 
 Union 
 
 and
 
 DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY, 
 U.S. ARMY ARMAMENT RESEARCH 
 AND DEVELOPMENT COMMAND, 
 DOVER, NEW JERSEY 
 Agency
 
                                            Case No. 0-NG-1001
 
                DECISION AND ORDER ON NEGOTIABILITY ISSUES
 
    The petition for review in this case comes before the Federal Labor
 Relations Authority (the Authority) pursuant to section 7105(a)(2)(E) of
 the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute (the Statute) and
 raises issues concerning the negotiability of two Union proposals.  Upon
 careful consideration of the entire record, including the parties'
 contentions, the Authority makes the following determinations.
 
                             Union Proposal 1
 
          The number of members on either negotiating team shall not
       exceed five and two observers.
 
    According to the Union, the proposal would not require the Agency to
 designate a particular number or representatives but instead, only sets
 a reasonable limit on the number of negotiators either party may have at
 collective bargaining negotiations.  However, the Union's proposal by
 its express terms would prevent the Agency from designating a team of
 Agency negotiators