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15:0264(55)NG - AFGE Local 32 and OPM -- 1984 FLRAdec NG

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The decision of the Authority follows:

 15 FLRA No. 55
                                            Case No. O-NG-709
    The petition for review in this case comes before the Authority
 pursuant to section 7105(a)(2)(E) of the Federal Service
 Labor-Management Relations Statute (the Statute).  The issue presented
 is the negotiability of one Union proposal.  Upon careful consideration
 of the entire record, including the parties' contentions, the Authority
 makes the following determination.
                              Union Proposal
          Reassignees who are given work for which they have not been
       given either formal or on-the-job training will not suffer any
       adverse impact or negative or punitive action for their inability
       to perform that work.  The work will be returned to the supervisor
       who will see that the employee receives training before assigning
       that work in the future to that employee.  This also applies to
       documented inconsistent information received on any aspect of the
       work.  All reassignees will be given adequate reference materials
       and forms for processing their work.  Management will assure and
       make every attempt to provide on-the-job training which includes,
       but is not limited to, a detailed explanation of applicable
       procedures, legal precedents and governing rules and regulations.
    The Authority concludes that the disputed proposal herein would
 improperly establish a condition (providing an employee with formal or
 on-the-job training) upon the Agency's rights pursuant to section
 7106(a)(2) of the Statute to direct and assign work to employees and to
 discipline employees based on their substandard performance or
 nonperformance of their job duties.  In this respect, the proposal in
 this case is to the same effect as the disputed proposal in American
 Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO, Local 3004 and Department
 of the Air Force, Otis Air Force Base, Massachusetts, 9 FLRA 723 (1982).
  The proposal in that case conditioned management's exercise of its
 right to determine the duties to be subject to performance appraisals on
 the prior exercise of management's right to determine whether employees
 were to be assigned formal training.  The Authority found that this
 proposal directly interfered with the exercise of management's rights
 pursuant to section 7106(a) of the Statute.  Specifically, the Authority
 determined in the cited case that the proposal concerned the substantive
 exercise of management's rights to assign training and to determine the
 duties and functions which would be subject to performance appraisals
 and was neither a "procedure" nor an "appropriate arrangement" which is
 negotiable under 7106(b)(2) or (3) of the Statute.  Hence, based on Otis
 Air Force Base, and the reasons and cases cited therein, the disputed
 proposal herein is not within the duty to bargain.  /1/
    Accordingly, pursuant to section 2424.10 of the Authority's Rules and
 Regulations, IT IS ORDERED that the Union's petition for review be, and
 it hereby is, dismissed.
    Issued, Washington, D.C., July 16, 1984
                                       Barbara J. Mahone, Chairman
                                       Ronald W. Haughton, Member
                                       Henry B. Frazier III, Member
                                       FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY
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    /1/ Based upon the Authority's conclusion that the proposal is
 outside the duty to bargain under section 7106(a)(2), it is unnecessary
 to consider other Agency contentions concerning the negotiability of the