09:0980(137)AR - NFFE Local l4l8 and International Communication Agency, Voice of America -- 1982 FLRAdec AR



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09:0980(137)AR
The decision of the Authority follows:


 9 FLRA No. 137
 
 NATIONAL FEDERATION OF
 FEDERAL EMPLOYEES, LOCAL 1418
 Union
 
 and
 
 U.S. INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATION
 AGENCY, VOICE OF AMERICA
 Agency
 
                                            Case No. O-AR-263
 
                                 DECISION
 
    THIS MATTER IS BEFORE THE AUTHORITY ON EXCEPTIONS TO THE AWARD OF
 ARBITRATOR MOLLIE HEATH BOWERS FILED BY THE AGENCY UNDER SECTION 7122(A)
 OF THE FEDERAL SERVICE LABOR-MANAGEMENT RELATIONS STATUTE (THE STATUTE)
 AND PART 2425 OF THE AUTHORITY'S RULES AND REGULATIONS.  THE UNION FILED
 AN OPPOSITION.
 
    THE GRIEVANCE IN THIS CASE CONCERNS A DISPUTE OVER THE INTERPRETATION
 OF A PROVISION OF THE PARTIES' COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT RELATING
 TO THE SETTING OF PAY FOR THE AGENCY'S RADIO BROADCAST TECHNICIANS, WHO
 HAVE THE RIGHT TO NEGOTIATE CERTAIN ASPECTS OF THEIR WAGES.  THE DISPUTE
 WAS NOT RESOLVED AND WAS SUBMITTED TO ARBITRATION.
 
    THE ARBITRATOR EXPLAINED THAT THE PAY OF THESE EMPLOYEES IS SET
 CONSISTENT WITH PREVAILING RATES IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR BY MEANS OF WAGE
 SURVEYS OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR.  THE PARTIES;  COLLECTIVE BARGAINING
 AGREEMENT FORMULA FOR CALCULATING THE PAY SCHEDULE IS TO DETERMINE THE
 PRIVATE SECTOR HOURLY RATES BY DIVIDING THE VARIOUS PRIVATE SECTOR
 WEEKLY RATES BY THE RESPECTIVE "NUMBER OF