27:0445(62)CA - VA, Washington, DC and VA Regional Office and Insurance Center, St. Paul, MN and AFGE National VA Council Local 1969 -- 1987 FLRAdec CA
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The decision of the Authority follows:
27 FLRA No. 62 VETERANS ADMINISTRATION WASHINGTON, D.C. and VETERANS ADMINISTRATION REGIONAL OFFICE AND INSURANCE CENTER ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA Respondent and AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, NATIONAL VA COUNCIL LOCAL 1969, AFL-CIO Charging Party Case No. 5-CA-70070 DECISION AND ORDER I. Statement of the Case This unfair labor practice case is before the Authority in accordance with section 2429.1(a) of the Authority's Rules and Regulations, based upon a stipulation entered into by the parties. The issue is whether the Respondent violated section 7116(a)(1), (5) and (8) of the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute (the Statute) by refusing to provide the Charging Party (the Union), the exclusive representative of a unit of the Respondent's employees, with the names and home addresses of those unit employees as requested by the Union. II. Background By letter dated November 17, 1986, the Union requested the names and home addresses of all bargaining unit employees employed at the Respondent's Regional Office and Insurance Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. By letter dated November 21, 1986, the Respondent denied the request. The parties stipulated that the names and home addresses of the employees are normally maintained by the Respondent in the regular course of business; are reasonably available; and do not constitute guidance, advice, counsel or training provided to management officials or supervisors relating to collective bargaining. III. Positions of the Parties The Respondent contends that disclosure of the home addresses of employees is prohibited by the Privacy Act. The Respondent also contends that home addresses are not necessary for the Union to carry out its collective bargaining duties, claiming that the Union provided no reason why it is necessary to communicate with the employees at home and that adequate alternate means are available for communication. The Respondent urges the Authority to reconsider its determination in Farmers Home Administration Finance Office, St. Louis, Missouri, 23 FLRA No. 101 (1986), petition for review filed sub nom. U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Farmers Home Administration Finance Office, St. Louis, Missouri v. FLRA, No. 86-2779 (8th Cir. Dec. 23, 1986). The Respondent asserts that the disclosure of unit employees'