10:0670(112)AR - Watervliet Arsenal, Army and NAGE Local R2-98 -- 1982 FLRAdec AR



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10:0670(112)AR
The decision of the Authority follows:


 10 FLRA No. 112
 
 WATERVLIET ARSENAL,
 DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
 Activity
 
 and
 
 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF
 GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES,
 LOCAL R2-98
 Union
 
                                            Case No. O-AR-191
 
                                 DECISION
 
    This matter is before the Authority on exceptions to the award of
 Arbitrator John E. Sands 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.  /1/ The Office of
 Personnel Management filed an amicus curiae brief.
 
    The dispute in this matter concerns the 1979 wage survey for purposes
 of fixing and adjusting the wage schedules for prevailing rate employees
 in the Albany-Schenectady-Troy wage area.  The wages of the employees
 involved in this case are governed by the Prevailing Rate Systems Act of
 1972 which is codified at 5 U.S.C. 5341-5349 and which is commonly
 referred to as the prevailing rate statute.  Section 5341 states the
 general policy of the statute that rates of pay of prevailing rate
 employees are to be adjusted from time to time as nearly as is
 consistent with the public interest in accordance with the prevailing
 rates paid for comparable work in the local area by the private sector.
 Section 5343 establishes the