39:1272(110)NG - - NFFE, Local 341 and Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Wapato Irrigation Project, Wapato, WA - - 1991 FLRAdec NG - - v39 p1272



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The decision of the Authority follows:


39 FLRA No. 110

FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY

WASHINGTON, D.C.

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF FEDERAL EMPLOYEES

LOCAL 341

(Union)

and

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS

WAPATO IRRIGATION PROJECT

WAPATO, WASHINGTON

(Agency)

0-NG-1861

DECISION AND ORDER ON NEGOTIABILITY ISSUE

March 18, 1991

Before Chairman McKee and Members Talkin and Armendariz.

I. Statement of the Case

This case is before the Authority on a negotiability appeal filed by the Union under section 7105(a)(2)(E) of the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute (the Statute). It concerns one proposal which would require that the Agency not conduct a reduction-in-force in order to convert certain employees from full-time status to seasonal status.

For the following reasons, we conclude that the proposal is negotiable.

II. Proposal

Management shall not conduct a Reduction in Force for the purpose of converting the Wapato Irrigation Project employees from their present fulltime status to seasonal status.

III. Positions of the Parties

The Agency did not file a statement of position. However, in its response to the Union's request for an allegation of negotiability, the Agency contended that the proposal was nonnegotiable because it "conflicts with certain Management Rights as outlined in 5 U.S.C. 7106(a)(2) and Article 4, Section 1 of the Master Agreement." Attachment 2 to the Petition for Review at 1.

The Union contends that the parties "negotiate pay and pay practices" under section 9(b) of the Prevailing Rate Systems Act, Pub. L. No. 92-392, codified at 5 U.S.C. º 5343 (Amendments) and that "this matter" was the subject of negotiatio