20:0172(21)NG - NTEU and Nuclear Regulatory Commission -- 1985 FLRAdec NG



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20:0172(21)NG
The decision of the Authority follows:


20 FLRA No. 21

NATIONAL TREASURY EMPLOYEES UNION
Union 

and 

NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION 
Agency

                                      Case No. 0-NG-1095

                DECISION AND ORDER ON NEGOTIABILITY ISSUE

   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 presents an issue concerning the negotiability of the following
Union proposal:

         Our counterproposal in this area is to use commuting area as
      the area of competition and to allow normal personnel
      considerations to be used in determining the similarity of
      positions.

   Upon careful consideration of the entire record, including the
parties' contentions, /1/ the Authority makes the following
determination.  The instant proposal seeks to define a competitive area
within the Agency for purposes of reduction-in-force (RIF).  Based on
the record it appears that the Union submitted the instant proposal as a
counter-proposal while negotiating with the Agency concerning revisions
in Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Manual Chapter 4170.

   The Union asserts that its proposal applies only to bargaining unit
employees both because the parties' contract contains language
restricting the applicability of proposals