24:0940(91)NG - AFGE Local 987 and Air Force, Warner Robins Air Force Logistics Center, Robins AFB, GA -- 1986 FLRAdec NG



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24:0940(91)NG
The decision of the Authority follows:


 24 FLRA No. 91
 
 AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT 
 EMPLOYEES, AFL-CIO, LOCAL 987
 Union
 
 and
 
 DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE 
 WARNER ROBINS AIR FORCE LOGISTICS CENTER
 ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, GEORGIA
 Agency
 
                                            Case No. 0-NG-1309
 
                 DECISION AND ORDER OF NEGOTIABILITY ISSUE
 
                         I.  Statement of the Case
 
    This case is 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).  The case concerns the
 negotiability of a Union proposal that Robins Air Force Base "allow Gate
 12 (North end of Base) to remain operational on the current hours
 scheduled." We find that the proposal is not negotiable.
 
                       II.  Positions of the Parties
 
    The Agency states that, following the sharply increased terrorist
 activity beginning in the late 1970's, the Air Force began to tighten
 the security of its installations in order to better safeguard and
 protect its facilities, aircraft and employees.  Gate 12 is located at
 the North end of the runway, and the Agency states that its closure is
 intended to prevent access to Robins AFB's flight line area from outside
 the base.  The Agency argues that (1) the decision to close Gate 12 is
 an exercise of management's right to determine its internal security
 practices under section 7106(a)(1) of the Statute, and that such
 determination is not negotiable;  and (2) the proposal violates
 management's right to determine the numbers, types, and grades of
 employees assigned to a work project under section 7106(b)(1).
 
    The Union states in its Petition for Review that the intent of its
 proposal is "to continue the manning of Gate 12 for the entrance and
 exit for personnel working in the SAC (Strategic Air Command) Location."
 According to the Union, before the Agency decided to close the gate, the
 gate had been staffed before work and at the end of the day shift "to
 allow employees easier access to their remote area jobs and also to be
 able to leave the area, without traveling some 3 1/2 miles through the
 heavy traffic on the main-stream of the work force." Union's Petition
 for Review.  The Union did not provide any arguments in its petition for
 review supporting the negotiability of the proposal, nor did it file a
 reply brief.
 
                              III.  Analysis
 
    An agency's right to determine its internal security practices
 includes the right to determine what is necessary to safeguard its
 physical property ag