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55 FLRA No. 24

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE
6TH SUPPORT GROUP
MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, FLORIDA
(Respondent)

and

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF FEDERAL
EMPLOYEES, LOCAL 153
(Charging Party)

AT-CA-60888

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DECISION AND ORDER

January 28, 1999

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Before the Authority: Phyllis N. Segal, Chair; Donald S. Wasserman and Dale Cabaniss, Members.

I.     Statement of the Case

      This unfair labor practice case is before the Authority on an exception to the attached decision of the Administrative Law Judge filed by the General Counsel. The Respondent filed an opposition to the exception.

      The Judge determined that the Respondent did not violate section 7116(a)(1) and (5) of the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute (the Statute) by requiring a Union representative to request official time and to report to his worksite before and after using such time, without notifying the Union and affording it an opportunity to bargain over this requirement. [n1]  As relevant here, the Judge found that the Respondent's action was consistent with the Union's understanding of the official time procedures provided in the parties' collective bargaining agreement and with their practice for official time use. He concluded, therefore, that the General Counsel had failed to establish that the Respondent changed a condition of employment. Accordingly, the Judge concluded that the Respondent was under no obligation to notify the Union and bargain before requiring the Union representative to request official time and to report to his worksite before and after using such time.

      Upon consideration of the Judge's decision and the entire record, we adopt the Judge's findings and conclusion that the General Counsel failed to establish that the Respondent changed a condition of employment and, therefore, no duty to bargain arose under the Statute when the Respondent directed the Union representative to comply with the official time requirement. [n2]  We also adopt the Judge's recommended Order dismissing the complaint.

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