American Federation of Government Employees Local 1156 (Union) and United States Department of the Navy Naval Support Activity Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania (Agency)

XX FLRA No

63 FLRA No. 181

FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY

WASHINGTON, D.C.

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AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES

LOCAL 1156

 (Union)

and

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY

NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY

MECHANICSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA

 (Agency)

0-NG-2929

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DECISION AND ORDER ON A NEGOTIABILITY ISSUE

August 14, 2009

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Before the Authority:  Carol Waller Pope, Chairman and

Thomas M. Beck, Member

I.          Statement of the Case

This matter is before the Authority on a negotiability appeal filed by the Union under § 7105(a)(2)(E) of the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute (the Statute) and Part 2424 of the Authority’s Regulations, and concerns the negotiability of one proposal.[1]  The Agency filed a statement of position to which the Union did not file a response.

For the reasons that follow, we find that the proposal is outside the duty to bargain.  Accordingly, we dismiss the petition for review.

II.        Background

The proposal arose in the context of negotiations over the Agency’s reduction in the level of janitorial services provided to areas where unit employees work.  The reduction in janitorial services entails the following changes:  desk-side trash is removed once per week instead of daily; floors are vacuumed twice per month instead of twice per week; dusting has been eliminated; carpets are shampooed once every 18 months instead of twice per year; and dust mopping is performed twice monthly instead of weekly.  Post Petition Conference Record at 1.

  

III.       Proposal

           

            One HEPA vacuum cleaner will be provided for each physical location of a three-digit code for any employee who desires to utilize it in their personal area, entirely at their own discretion.

IV.       Meaning of