26:0589(72)NG - NTEU and Treasury, Bureau of the Public Debt -- 1987 FLRAdec NG



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26:0589(72)NG
The decision of the Authority follows:


 26 FLRA No. 72
 
 NATIONAL TREASURY EMPLOYEES UNION
 Union

 and 
 
 DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY
 BUREAU OF THE PUBLIC DEBT
 Agency
 
                                            Case No. 0-NG-1348
 
                 DECISION AND ORDER ON NEGOTIABILITY ISSUE
 
                         I.  Statement of the Case
 
    This case is before the Authority because of a negotiability appeal
 filed by the Union under section 7105(a)(2)(E) of the Federal Service
 Labor-Management Relations Statute (the Statute) and concerns the
 negotiability of the following proposal:
 
          The employer agrees to pay the travel and per diem expenses
       incurred by employee members of the Union Negotiating Committee
       while using official time available under the terms of this
       agreement.
 
    We find the proposal to be negotiable.
 
                       II.  Positions of the Parties
 
    The Agency contends that the proposal does not concern a condition of
 employment because it is inconsistent with the Travel Expense Act, 5
 U.S.C. section 5701 et seq., the Supreme Court's decision in Bureau of
 Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF) v. FLRA, 464 U.S. 89 (1983), and
 decisions of the Comptroller General.  The Agency also contends that the
 proposal does not concern conditions of employment because it is not
 related to the w