14:0757(99)PS - Order Denying Request for General Ruling -- 1984 FLRAdec PS



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14:0757(99)PS
The decision of the Authority follows:


 
 14 FLRA No. 99
 
                 ORDER DENYING REQUEST FOR GENERAL RULING
 
    The Federal Service Impasses Panel (the Panel), pursuant to section
 2429.4 of the Authority's Rules and Regulations, /1/ has requested that
 the Authority issue a general ruling on certain issues which have arisen
 in proceedings before it.  Specifically, the Panel seeks rulings on the
 following issues:
 
          1.  Did the Authority intend by its decision in International
       Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, AFL-CIO, NASA
       Headquarters Professional Association and National Aeronautics and
       Space Administration, Washington, D.C., 8 FLRA No. 46 (1982), to
       exclude from the duty to bargain those proposals which define
       competitive areas for purposes of a reduction-in-force?
 
          2.  If not, are proposed competitive areas which satisfy
       applicable regulatory requirements (i.e., are defined in
       organizational and geographic terms) within the obligation to
       bargain even though they typically include at least some employees
       who are not members of the designated bargaining unit?  That is,
       an administrative authority or geographical area normally
       encompasses persons who are not considered "employees" under
       section 7103(a)(2) of the Statute (e.g., superv