13:0386(62)AR - Treasury, Customs Service and NTEU -- 1983 FLRAdec AR
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The decision of the Authority follows:
13 FLRA No. 62 DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY, U.S. CUSTOMS SERVICE Agency and NATIONAL TREASURY EMPLOYEES UNION Union Case No. O-AR-354 DECISION This matter is before the Authority on exceptions to the award of Arbitrator Albert J. Hoban 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. A grievance was filed and submitted to arbitration in this case maintaining that the Activity regularly assigned supervisors to perform on overtime the duties of bargaining-unit inspectors when inspectors were available for such overtime work and claiming that the Agency thereby violated its own personnel policy, as well as the overtime provisions of the parties' collective bargaining agreement. The Arbitrator agreed and determined that the practice as in effect at the Port of Portland /1/ must be discontinued. The Arbitrator further determined that backpay was necessary to compensate the inspectors for the overtime pay they otherwise would have received. Accordingly, the Arbitrator ordered backpay in the amount of overtime pay lost as a result of the Activity's unwarranted practice and directed the parties, themselves, to resolve the exact amounts due individual inspectors. In its exceptions the Agency principally contends that the award is contrary to the Back Pay Act, 5 U.S.C. 5596, because the Arbitrator assertedly failed to make the findings required by the Act. In particular, the Agency maintains that the Arbitrator failed to make the requisite finding that the Activity's practice directly resulted in the withdrawal or reduction of overtime pay of bargaining-unit inspectors because the Arbitrator failed to identify the specific inspectors who were available to work the overtime which was instead performed by supervisors. Contrary to the Agency's contention, the Authority concludes that the Arbitrator made the findings required by the Back Pay Act for an authorized award of backpay and that accordingly this exception provides no basis for finding the award deficient. The Arbitrator specifically determined that in every disputed instance of overtime being performed by supervisors, bargaining-unit inspectors were available to perform such work. He further determined that, consequently, the Activity's unwarranted practice resulted in the denial of overtime pay to inspectors that they otherwise would have received. Accordingly, the findings required by the Back Pay Act were made. See Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and National Treasury Employees Union, 12 FLRA No. 13 (1983). The Arbitrator's further direction that the parties determine the specific inspectors who would receive the backpay does not invalidate the award. With respect to this direction by the Arbitrator, the Agency cites no provision of the Back Pay Act or its implementing regulations, 5 CFR part 550, subpart H, and none is apparent, that would require the Arbitrator, after having found that in every instance a bargaining-unit inspector was available to perform the overtime work, to identify specific employees. Accordingly, the Agency's exceptions are denied. Issued, Washington, D.C., November 4, 1983 Barbara J. Mahone, Chairman Ronald W. Haughton, Member Henry B. Frazier III, Member FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY --------------- FOOTNOTES$ --------------- /1/ On the basis of the entire record before the Authority, it is clear that the Arbitrator was remedying the practice as in effect at the Port of Portland. The Arbitrator's use of "district" rather than "port" was an inadvertent error. Accordingly, the Agency's exception in this respect provides no basis for finding the award deficient.