American Federation of Government Employees, Local 1164, AFL-CIO (Union) and The Social Security Administration (Agency)

 



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06:0342(60)AR
The decision of the Authority follows:


 6 FLRA No. 60
 
 AMERICAN FEDERATION OF
 GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, LOCAL
 1164, AFL-CIO
 Union
 
 and
 
 THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION
 Agency
 
                                            Case No. O-AR-109
 
                                 DECISION
 
    THIS MATTER IS BEFORE THE AUTHORITY ON EXCEPTIONS TO THE AWARD OF
 ARBITRATOR IRWIN M. LIEBERMAN FILED BY THE UNION UNDER SECTION 7122(A)
 OF THE FEDERAL SERVICE LABOR-MANAGEMENT RELATIONS STATUTE (5 U.S.C.
 7122(A)).
 
    ACCORDING TO THE ARBITRATOR, THE DISPUTE IN THIS MATTER AROSE WHEN
 THE UNION REQUESTED, PURSUANT TO A REOPENER PROVISION IN THE PARTIES'
 COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT, THAT THE AGENCY'S BOSTON REGION (THE
 ACTIVITY) MEET AND CONFER ON A SERIES OF PROPOSALS WITH RESPECT TO
 CERTAIN MATTERS.  AFTER A PRELIMINARY MEETING, THE ACTIVITY REFUSED TO
 NEGOTIATE, MAINTAINING THAT THE UNION'S PROPOSALS WERE NOT WITHIN THE
 PURVIEW OF THE AGREEMENT.  CLAIMING THAT THIS REFUSAL VIOLATED THE
 AGREEMENT, THE UNION FILED A GRIEVANCE WHICH WAS ULTIMATELY SUBMITTED TO
 ARBITRATION.
 
    TWO WEEKS AFTER FILING THE GRIEVANCE, LOCAL 1164 WAS REPLACED AS
 EXCLUSIVE REPRESENTATIVE PURSUANT TO A UNIT CONSOLIDATION.  THE AMERICAN
 FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES WAS CERTIFIED AS THE EXCLUSIVE
 REPRESENTATIVE FOR A CONSOLIDATED NATIONWIDE UNIT WHICH INCLUDED THE
 BARGAINING UNIT REPRESENTED BY