13:0074(18)AR - Action and AFSCME Local 2023 -- 1983 FLRAdec AR



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13:0074(18)AR
The decision of the Authority follows:


 13 FLRA No. 18
 
 ACTION
 Agency
 
 and
 
 AMERICAN FEDERATION OF
 STATE, COUNTY AND
 MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES,
 LOCAL 2023
 Union
 
                                            Case No. O-AR-345
 
                                 DECISION
 
    This matter is before the Authority on an exception to the award of
 Arbitrator Joseph M. Sharnoff filed by the Union 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 Agency
 filed an opposition.
 
    The dispute in this matter concerns the Agency's refusal to bargain
 over a Union proposal pertaining to a general reduction-in-force (RIF)
 notice.  On September 4, 1981, the parties agreed to revisions to the
 Agency regulation respecting RIF procedures.  Among the agreed upon
 revisions was that no proposed action would be taken until the affected
 employee had a minimum of 21 days specific notice of what the action is
 to be.  On September 21, 1981, the Agency issued a general RIF notice
 which stated that any affected employee would be given a specific notice
 at lease 21 days prior to the effective date of any action.  The Union
 presented proposals for bargaining over the impact and implementation of
 the notice including a proposal that no RIF action may be taken until
 the affected employee has received a