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The decision of the Authority follows:
15 FLRA No. 97 NATIONAL FEDERATION OF FEDERAL EMPLOYEES, LOCAL 1900 Union and DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT Agency Case No. O-NG-665 DECISION AND ORDER ON NEGOTIABILITY ISSUE This petition for review comes before the Federal Labor Relations Authority pursuant to section 7105(a)(2)(E) of the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute (the Statute) and raises the question of the negotiability of the following Union proposal: /1/ Stay of Action In the event an affected employee appeals a questionable or otherwise prohibited personnel practice or action, management agrees to stop RIF action until the employee has exercised the right to appeal to the Merit Systems Protection Board and a decision has been rendered by that Board. Upon careful consideration of the entire record, including the contentions of the parties, the Authority makes the following determination. The proposal would require management to stay a reduction-in-force (RIF) action pending the outcome of an appeal to the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) of a questionable or otherwise prohibited personnel practice or action. Consequently, the proposal would merely delay management from effectuating a reduction-in-force until the Merit Systems Protection Board issues a decision. In National Treasury Employees Union and Department of the Treasury, U.S. Customs Service, 9 FLRA 629 (1982), reversed and remanded sub nom. National Treasury Employees Union v. Federal Labor Relations Authority, 712 F.2d 669 (D.C. Cir. 1983), decision on remand September 28, 1983, the Authority determined on remand that Proposal 2, which would stay execution of an adverse personnel action pending, inter alia, appeal to the Merit Systems Protection Board, constitutes a negotiable procedure. The Authority made this determination based on the reasoning in the Court's Opinion and the Authority's decision in American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO, Local 1999 and Army-Air Force Exchange Service, Dix-McGuire Exchange, Fort Dix, New Jersey, 2 FLRA 152 (1979), enforced sub nom. Department of Defense v. Federal Labor Relations Authority, 659 F.2d 1140 (D.C. Cir. 1981), cert. denied sub nom. AFGE v. FLRA, 455 U.S. 945 (1982), that a proposal which merely delayed but did not prevent the agency from acting at all to exercise a specified management right is within the duty to bargain. The proposal herein is materially to the same effect as the proposal in the National Treasury Employees Union case. Accordingly, for the reasons stated in National Treasury Employees Union, IT IS ORDERED that the Agency shall upon request (or as otherwise agreed to by the parties) bargain concerning the Union's proposal. /2/ Issued, Washington, D.C., August 9, 1984 Barbara J. Mahone, Chairman Ronald W. Haughton, Member Henry B. Frazier III, Member FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY --------------- FOOTNOTES$ --------------- /1/ The Authority hereby grants the Union's request to amend its petition for review to reflect its proposal as amended since it was the amended proposal to which the Agency addressed its statement of position. /2/ In deciding that the proposal is within the duty to bargain, the Authority makes no judgment as to its merits.