19:0946(112)NG - The Montana Air Chapter of ACT and Air Force, Montana Air NG -- 1985 FLRAdec NG



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19:0946(112)NG
The decision of the Authority follows:


 19 FLRA No. 112
 
 THE MONTANA AIR CHAPTER OF
 ASSOCIATION OF CIVILIAN TECHNICIANS
 Union
 
 and
 
 U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE,
 MONTANA AIR NATIONAL GUARD
 Agency
 
                                            Case No. O-NG-804
 
                 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 provision of a negotiated agreement
 which was disapproved by the Agency head pursuant to section 7114(c) of
 the Statute.  Upon careful consideration of the entire record, including
 the parties' contentions, the Authority makes the following
 determination.
 
          5.  LONGEVITY:  One (1) point will be added to each candidates
       score for each year of completed concurrent technician service at
       the Montana Air National Guard.  No decimal point will be given
       for portions of years completed or lost.  Hire in date will be the
       starting date of employment.  Technicians that are RIF'd and
       return at the earliest opportunity or technicians that terminate
       to go on active duty, will be credited with previous technician
       longevity.
 
    The provision would expressly require the Agency to credit an
 employee with one point for each completed year of technician service
 when rating employees for job selection and advancement purposes.
 
    In Department of Treasury, U.S. Customs Service v. Federal Labor
 Relations Authority, 762 F.2d 1119 (D.C. Cir. 1985), the Court of
 Appeals for the D.C. Circuit vacated the Authority's decision in
 National Treasury Employees Union and Department of the Treasury, U.S.
 Customs Service, Washington, D.C., 11 FLRA 247 (1983) and found that a
 Union crediting plan, which included points for experience, was
 inconsistent with a Government-wide rule or regulation and, therefore,
 outside the duty to bargain.  Essentially, the Court found that the
 proposal was inconsistent with 5 CFR 300.103(a)(1983) /1/ because the
 union's proposed employment "measurement instruments" /2/ were not based
 on a prior job analysis to determine if the criteria for which credit
 would be given were job related.  Moreover, the Court further noted
 that:
 
       . . . the mere permissibility of an ex post facto job analysis,
       and the mere absence of a showing that such an analysis, if
       conducted, would invalidate the previously adopted measurement
       devices, falls far short of fulfilling the requirement that those
       devices "be based on a job analysis to identify . . . (t)he
       factors that are important in evaluating candidates." 5 C.F.R.
       300.103(a).
 
 The Authority finds the Court's considerations applicable herein and
 agrees with its rationale.
 
    In this case, the provision at issue would arbitrarily assign points
 for crediting plan purposes solely on the basis of seniority without any
 job analysis linking seniority to success in the particular position(s)
 in question.  Since there is nothing in the record to indicate that a
 preliminary job analysis was conducted to establish that overall
 seniority was a relevant job criterion prior to the formulation of this
 provision, the Authority finds that the provision would require the
 Agency to allow credit for a non-job-related criterion and, therefore,
 the provision is inconsistent with the requirements of 5 C.F.R. 300.103.
  Further, as the Court noted, an ex post facto job analysis cannot
 fulfill the requirement that measurement devices be based on a
 preliminary job analysis.  Since the seniority crediting provision
 herein was not based on a job analysis to determine if seniority was an
 important factor in evaluating candidates, the provision is outside the
 duty to bargain under section 7117(a)(1) of the Statute.  /3/
 
    Accordingly, pursuant to section 2424.10 of the Authority's Rules and
 Regula