17:0655(94)AR - National Council of Field Labor Locals, AFGE and Labor -- 1985 FLRAdec AR



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17:0655(94)AR
The decision of the Authority follows:


 17 FLRA No. 94
 
 NATIONAL COUNCIL OF FIELD LABOR 
 LOCALS, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF
 GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, AFL-CIO 
 Union 
 
 and 
 
 U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
 Agency
 
                                            Case No. 0-AR-632
 
                                 DECISION
 
    This matter is before the Authority on exceptions to the award of
 Arbitrator William M. Edgett 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 dispute in this matter concerns an experimental program to survey
 the impressions of representatives of private-sector employers and
 employees regarding inspections by the Occupational Safety and Health
 Administration.  A grievance was filed by several compliance officers,
 who conduct the inspections, which claimed that the program was in
 violation of the parties' collective bargaining agreement.
 Specifically, it was claimed that implementing the program in only two
 regions was discriminatory;  that the program placed compliance officers
 in a "compromising and intimidating position";  that the requirement
 that the compliance officers distribute the survey forms was not in
 conformance with the position description;  and that the program would
 result in compliance officers being evaluated b