14:0240(44)AR - Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration and AFGE Local 2814 -- 1984 FLRAdec AR



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14:0240(44)AR
The decision of the Authority follows:


 14 FLRA No. 44
 
 U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION,
 FEDERAL RAILROAD ADMINISTRATION
 Agency
 
 and
 
 AMERICAN FEDERATION OF
 GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES,
 LOCAL 2814, AFL-CIO
 Union
 
                                            Case No. O-AR-356
 
                                 DECISION
 
    This matter is before the Authority on an exception to the award of
 Arbitrator Frederick U. Reel 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 dispute in this matter concerns the filling of a GS-12 railroad
 safety inspector position in Little Rock, Arkansas.  The Agency posted
 the position vacancy and specified that requests for change to lower
 grade would be accepted, but that such requests would not be deemed
 essential to the Agency's mission and moving expenses consequently would
 not be paid by the Agency.  No applicants applied for the position and
 the posting was removed.  Thereafter, the Agency filled the position by
 reassignment of an employee who requested a change to lower grade from
 his position to the safety inspector position, and the Agency paid his
 moving expenses.  A grievance was filed and submitted to arbitration
 protesting the