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The decision of the Authority follows:


46 FLRA No. 26

FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY

WASHINGTON, D.C.

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

UNITED STATES IMMIGRATION AND NATURALIZATION SERVICE

UNITED STATES BORDER PATROL

DALLAS, TEXAS

(Respondent)

and

AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES

AFL-CIO

NATIONAL BORDER PATROL COUNCIL

(Charging Party/Union)

6-CA-90117

41 FLRA 137 (1991)

DECISION AND ORDER ON REMAND

October 26, 1992

Before Chairman McKee and Members Talkin and Armendariz.

I. Statement of the Case

This case is before the Authority pursuant to a remand from the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in Department of Justice, United States Immigration and Naturalization Service, United States Border Patrol, Dallas, Texas v. FLRA, No. 91-1371 (D.C. Cir. Jul. 31, 1992) (order) (DOJ v. FLRA). The complaint alleged that the Respondent violated section 7116(a)(1), (5), and (8) of the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute (the Statute) by refusing to furnish the Union with certain information requested under section 7114(b)(4) of the Statute. For the following reasons, we conclude that the complaint must be remanded to the Administrative Law Judge for further proceedings.

II. Background

In connection with the processing of grievances concerning the recommended suspension of three employees, the Union requested, under section 7114(b)(4) of the Statute, three memoranda that related to the policy of the Respondent's Regional Office governing disciplinary and adverse actions. The Respondent denied the Union's requests on the basis that the information related to management's policy governing disciplinary and adverse actions and constituted guidance to management officials and supervisors that was exempt from disclosure under section 7114(b)(4)(C) of the Statute.

The Judge concluded that because the memoranda constituted guidance, advice, counsel, or training provided for management officials or supervisors, relating to collective bargaining within the meaning of section 7114(b)(4)(C) of the Statute, the memoranda were exempt from disclosure. Therefore, the Judge found that the Respondent did not violate section 7116(a)(1), (5), and (8) of the Statute by refusing to furnish the memoranda to the Union.

Contrary to the Judge, the Authority concluded that the memoranda did not constitute guidance, advice, counsel or training for management officials relating to collective bargaining within the meaning of section 7114(b)(4)(C) of the Statute. Department of Justice, United States Immigration and Naturalization Service, United States Border Patrol, Dallas, Texas, 41 FLRA 137, 141-43 (1991) (Border Patrol). The Authority found that the requested information "was necessary for the Union to effectively represent the grievants" and "necessary for the Union to carry out its representational function." Id.