31:0878(65)NG - AFGE, National Archives and Record Administration, Council of AFGE Locals (Council 1260) and National Archives and Record Administration -- 1988 FLRAdec NG



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The decision of the Authority follows:


 31 FLRA NO. 65

                  31 FLRA 878 (1988)

Date:             21 MAR 1988


AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT
EMPLOYEES, AFL-CIO, NATIONAL ARCHIVES
AND RECORD ADMINISTRATION COUNCIL OF
AFGE LOCALS (COUNCIL 1260)

                   Union

         and

NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORD
ADMINISTRATION

                   Agency

Case No. 0-NG-1463

DECISION AND ORDER ON 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) and concerns
the negotiability of one proposal. The proposal seeks to preserve
the current practice by preventing the Agency from implementing a
requirement that employees wear Agency furnished blazers and name
tags at work. We find the proposal to be outside the duty to
bargain because it interferes with management's right to
determine internal security practices under section 7106(a)(1) of
the Statute, and with the right to determine the methods and
means of performing work under section 7106(b)(1) of the
Statute.

     II. Background and Proposal

     The employees work in the research rooms of the National
Archives Records Administration (NARA). These employees have
direct daily contact with members of the public who come to the
National Archives to conduct research. Their duties include
assisting researchers in determining what records are available,
and finding and retrieving records from stack areas. These
employees also enforce research room rules and record
handling procedures, and ensure that records are returned to
stack areas.

     On August 28, 1987, the Agency notified the Union of its
decision to require employees in the research rooms to begin
wearing Agency-furnished blazers and name tags. On September 4,
1987, the Union requested bargaining and submitted the following
proposal:

     Employees (will) not be required to wear blazers as part of
their attire.

     III. Positions of the Parties

     The Agency contends that this proposal violates its right to
determine its internal security practices under section
7106(a)(1) of the Statute. The Agency notes that recently, NARA
has been the topic of highly publicized theft of records. The
Agency argues that the ability to readily identify employees by a
prescribed uniform is essential in order to protect the records
in its custody. According to the Agency, the increased visibility
of its employees will act as an impediment for persons who