19:0246(29)AR - SSA, Office of Assessment, Office of Field Operations and AFGE, National Council of SSA Field Assessment Locals -- 1985 FLRAdec AR



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19:0246(29)AR
The decision of the Authority follows:


 19 FLRA No. 29
 
 SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION,
 OFFICE OF ASSESSMENT,
 OFFICE OF FIELD OPERATIONS
 Activity
 
 and
 
 AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT
 EMPLOYEES, NATIONAL COUNCIL OF SSA
 FIELD ASSESSMENT LOCALS
 Union
 
                                            Case No. O-AR-943
 
                                 DECISION
 
    This matter is before the Authority on exceptions to the award of
 Arbitrator Sinclair Kossoff 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 before the Arbitrator concerned the Activity's
 implementation of revised performance standards for the position of
 quality review specialist.  A grievance was filed and submitted to
 arbitration contending that the new performance standards "violate the
 statutory requirement concerning use of single and multiple performance
 standards under non-SES performance systems as well as the National
 Agreement between SSA and AFGE dated June 11, 1982, Articles 1, 2, 3,
 and 21." The Arbitrator first determined that the grievance was
 arbitrable notwithstanding the Activity's contention that the rev