16:0358(56)AR - AFGE Local 1904 and Army Communications and Electronics Material Readiness Command -- 1984 FLRAdec AR



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16:0358(56)AR
The decision of the Authority follows:


 16 FLRA No. 56
 
 AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT
 EMPLOYEES, LOCAL 1904, AFL-CIO
 Union
 
 and
 
 UNITED STATES ARMY COMMUNICATIONS
 AND ELECTRONICS MATERIEL READINESS
 COMMAND
 Activity
 
                                            Case No. O-AR-644
 
                                 DECISION
 
    This matter is before the Authority on exceptions to the award of
 Arbitrator Thomas F. Carey filed by the Agency under section 7122(a) of
 the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute and part 2425 of
 the Authority's Rules and Regulations.  The Union filed an opposition.
 /1/
 
    The dispute in this matter concerns the grievance filed by the Union
 claiming that the Activity's decision to contract out certain support
 functions was violative of section 502 of P.L. 96-342, 10 U.S.C. 2304
 note (which relates to contracting out in the Department of Defense) and
 agency regulations and directives, specifically AR 235-1 and DOD
 4100.33-H (which also relate to contracting out).  The parties separated
 a threshold issue of arbitrability under the parties' collective
 bargaining agreement and submitted that issue to arbitration for
 decision.  The parties' collective bargaining agreement restated the
 definition of "grievance" from section 7103(a)(9) of the Statute, and
 t