21:1101(126)NG - NTEU and Dept. of the Treasury, IRS -- 1986 FLRAdec NG



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21:1101(126)NG
The decision of the Authority follows:


 21 FLRA No. 126
 
 NATIONAL TREASURY EMPLOYEES 
 UNION
 Union
 
 and
 
 DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY, 
 INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE
 Agency
 
                                             Case No. 0-NG-1013
 
                DECISION AND ORDER ON NEGOTIABILITY ISSUES
 
                         I.  Statement of the Case
 
    The petition for review in this case comes before the Authority
 because of a negotiability appeal filed under Section 7105(a)(2)(E) of
 the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute (the Statute).
 It raises issues concerning the negotiability of a single Union
 Proposal.
 
                            II.  Union Proposal
 
          The employer will pay travel and per diem for all union
       employee negotiators.
 
                       A.  Positions of the Parties
 
    The Agency contends that the proposal is not within the duty to
 bargain for the following reasons:
 
          1.  It does not concern conditions of employment within the
       meaning of section 7103(a)(14) of the Statute because payment of
       travel expenses is specifically provided for by law;
 
          2.  it is inconsistent with Federal law and Government-wide
       regulation;  and
 
          3.  the demand for travel and per diem to employee/negotiators
       is not limited to those employee/negotiators who are receiving