39:0884(76)CA - - Navy, Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA and IFPTE Local 25 - - 1991 FLRAdec CA - - v39 p884
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The decision of the Authority follows:
39 FLRA No. 76
FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY
MARE ISLAND NAVAL SHIPYARD
INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF PROFESSIONAL
AND TECHNICAL ENGINEERS
LOCAL 25, AFL-CIO
DECISION AND ORDER
February 28, 1991
Before Chairman McKee and Members Talkin and Armendariz.
I. Statement of the Case
This unfair labor practice case is before the Authority in accordance with section 2429.1(a) of the Authority's Rules and Regulations, based on a stipulation of facts by the parties, who have agreed that no material issue of fact exists.
The complaint alleges that the Respondent violated section 7116(a)(1), (5), and (8) of the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute (the Statute) by failing and refusing to provide the Union with the names and home addresses of bargaining unit employees represented by the Union. For the reasons stated below, we find that the Respondent committed the unfair labor practice as alleged.
The Union is the exclusive representative of a unit of professional employees employed by the Respondent. By letter dated December 21, 1988, the Union requested the Respondent to provide the Union with the "name[s] and home addresses of unit members" represented by the Union "so that the Union may discharge statutory obligations[.]" Stipulation, Exhibit 2. By letter to the Respondent dated January 9, 1989, the Union indicated that the Respondent had not complied with the Union's December 21 request and that the Union intended to file an unfair labor practice charge. Stipulation, Exhibit 3; Stipulation, paragraph 7. Since on or about December 21, 1988, and continuing to date, the Respondent has refused to respond to the Union's letters and has refused to provide the Union with the requested information. Stipulation, paragraphs 8 and 9.
The parties stipulated that the names and home addresses of bargaining unit employees are normally maintained by the Respondent in the regular course of business, are reasonably available within the meaning of section 7114(b)(4) of the Statute, and do not constitute guidance, advice, counsel or training provided to management officials or supervisors relating to collective bargaining. Stipulation, paragraph 10.
III. Positions of the Parties (*)
The Respondent disagrees with the Authority's rationale in its decision in U.S. Department of the Navy, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 37 FLRA 515 (1990) (Portsmouth Naval Shipyard), application for enforcement filed sub nom. FLRA v. U.S. Department of the Navy, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, No. 90-1949 (1st Cir. Oct. 1, 1990). In Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, we reaffirmed the Authority's decision in Farmers Home Administration Finance Office, St, Louis, Missouri, 23 FLRA 788 (1986) (Farmers Home), in which the Authority concluded that section 7114(b)(4) of the Statute entitled the exclusive representative to the names and home addresses of bargaining unit employees. The Respondent contends that the release of employees' home addresses is prohibited by law, specifically, certain provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. º 552, and the Privacy Act, 5 U.S.C. º 552a. The Respondent argues that the Authority should apply the reasoning of the court in FLRA v. Department of the Treasury, Financial Management Service, 884 F.2d 1446 (D.C. Cir. 1989), cert. denied, 110 S. Ct. 863 (1990) (FLRA v. Department of the Treasury), where the court found that "the Privacy Act bars the disclosure of employees' home addresses to their exclusive representatives." Respondent's Brief at 6-7.
The Respondent claims that the Union "has ready access to bargaining unit employees" at their worksites. Id. at 12. The Respondent states that it "is willing to permit the distribution of [U]nion literature" at the employees' worksites "during nonwork and nonduty times." Id. The Respondent further states that the Union "has access to its own bulletin boards and the base newsletter for the publication of announcements." Id.
IV. Analysis and Conclusions
In Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, we reaffirmed Farmers Home and concluded that the release of the names and home addresses of bargaining unit employees to their exclusive representatives is not prohibited by law, is necessary for unions to fulfill their duties under the Statute, and meets all of the other requirements established by section 7114(b)(4) of the Statute. We also determined that the release of the information is generally required without regard to whether alternative means of communication are available. We find that resolution of this case does not require consideration of whether alternative means of communication are available. Further, it is evident from the parties' stipulation that the other requirements of section 7114(b)(4)(A), (B), and (C) have been met in this case.
Accordingly, consistent with the parties' stipulation and based on the Authority's decision in Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, we find that the Respondent was required to furnish the Union with the names and home addresses of employees in the bargaining unit represented by the Union. Its refusal to do so violated section 7116(a)(1), (5), and (8) of the Statute.
Pursuant to section 2423.29 of the Authority's Rules and Regulations and section 7118 of the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute, the U.S. Department of the Navy, Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California shall:
1. Cease and desist from:
(a) Refusing to furnish, upon request of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, Local 25, AFL-CIO, the exclusive representative of certain of its employees, the names and home addresses of all employees in the bargaining unit it represents.
(b) In any like or related ma