33:0187(21)NG - - Navy, Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair, Boston, MA and IFPTE Local 15 - - 1988 FLRAdec NG - - v33 p187
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The decision of the Authority follows:
33 FLRA No. 21
FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY, SUPERVISOR OF SHIPBUILDING
CONVERSION AND REPAIR, BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS
INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF PROFESSIONAL
AND TECHNICAL ENGINEERS, LOCAL 15, AFL-CIO
October 17, 1988
Before Chairman Calhoun and Member McKee.
I. Statement of the Case
This case is before the Authority because of a negotiability appeal filed under section 7105(a)(2)(E) of the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute (the Statute). It concerns the negotiability of one provision of a negotiated agreement which was disapproved by the Agency head in the course of review under section 7114(c) of the Statute. The provision requires the Department of the Navy, Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair, Boston, Massachusetts (the Agency), (1) to record the reasons for ordering mission-accomplishing travel during an employee's nonduty hours, and, if requested, to provide those reasons to the employee affected; and (2) to schedule employee travel during the employee's regular work hours when the event causing the travel is within the Agency's control.
We find this provision to be nonnegotiable because it is inconsistent with 5 U.S.C. § 6101(b)(2). We also conclude that the provision is not a negotiable procedure under section 7106(b)(2) of the Statute, but, rather, violates management's right to assign work under section 7106(a)(2)(B) of the Statute.
When travel outside the regularly scheduled work hours is necessary in order to accomplish the assigned mission, the Employer agrees to record the reasons for ordering travel during non-duty hours and shall, upon request, furnish a copy of the reasons to the employee affected; otherwise, for events which are within the Employer's control, the Employer shall schedule the time to be spent by a Unit employee in a travel status within the regularly scheduled working hours of the employee.
III.Positions of the Parties
The Agency disapproved this provision on the ground that it interferes with management's rights to direct employees and to assign work under section 7106(a)(2)(A) and (B) of the Statute because it provides that employee travel shall be scheduled during an employee's regular duty hours for events within the Agency's control. In its Statement of Position, the Agency asserts that the last clause of the provision is nonnegotiable because it imposes a mandatory requirement to schedule travel during regular duty hours. The Agency argues that the last clause of the provision violates 5 U.S.C. § 6101(b)(2), which requires the scheduling of business travel during the normal workday only to the maximum extent practicable. The Agency also argues that the last clause of the provision violates management's rights to assign work under section 7106(a)(2)(B) of the Statute.
The International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, Local 15, AFL-CIO (the Union) contends that because the employees in this case are professionals, they are not covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act. Therefore, they are not compensated for the time they spend traveling outside of normal duty hours. Supplement to Petition for Review at 1. The Union asserts that the intent of this provision is to ensure that a mission requirement exists to schedule such uncompensated travel.
Contrary to the Agency's claim, the Union argues that the entire provision is in dispute. The Union contends that because the last clause of the provision, when read in conjunction with the first clause of the provision, does not impose an absolute prohibition on the scheduling of travel outside regular working hours, the provision is consistent with Authority precedent. The Union also argues that the Agency is obligated by 5 U.S.C. § 6101(b)(2) to schedule employee travel within the employee's regularly scheduled workweek to the maximum extent practicable. The Union asserts that this provision provides a negotiated definition of the appropriate reasons for determining when the scheduling of travel within the regularly scheduled workweek is not practicable. According to the Union, these reasons include a mission requirement to schedule travel during nonduty hours and events outside the Agency's control. In addition, the Union argues that the provision constitutes a negotiable procedure under section 7106(b)(2) of the Statute by which the Agency will exercise its authority under 5 U.S.C. § 6101(b)(2) to schedule employee travel.
IV.Analysis and Conclusions
According to the Agency, the employees in this case are frequently in a travel status performing their job duties away from their normal duty station. See Statement of Position at 2. The scheduling of employee travel is governed by 5 U.S.C. § 6101(b)(2) which provides as follows:
(2) To the maximum extent practicable, the head of an agency shall schedule the time to be spent by an employee in a travel status away from his official duty station within the regularly scheduled workweek of the employee.
Proposals which require travel during a scheduled workweek even when such travel is not practicable are inconsistent with 5 U.S.C. § 6101(b)(2). See American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO, Local 3804 and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Madison Region, 21 FLRA 870, 877-79 (1986) (Proposal 5) (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Madison Region). Moreover, a requirement that employee travel be scheduled during an employee's duty hour