23:0366(51)AR - Customs Service, Chicago-O'Hare and NTEU Chapter 172 -- 1986 FLRAdec AR



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23:0366(51)AR
The decision of the Authority follows:


 23 FLRA No. 51
 
 U.S. CUSTOMS SERVICE
 CHICAGO-O'HARE
 Activity
 
 and
 
 NATIONAL TREASURY EMPLOYEES
 UNION, CHAPTER 172
 Union
 
                                            Case No. 0-AR-1076
 
                                 DECISION
 
                         I.  STATEMENT OF THE CASE
 
    This matter is before the Authority on exceptions to the award of
 Arbitrator Charles B. Craver 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.
 
                  II.  BACKGROUND AND ARBITRATOR'S AWARD
 
    The parties submitted to arbitration the issue of whether the failure
 to permit the grievants to exchange work locations violated the parties'
 collective bargaining agreement.  The Arbitrator determined that the
 Activity had violated the agreement and sustained the grievance.  Noting
 that each grievant had additional miles added to the distance between
 home and work as a result of the Activity's improper actions, the
 Arbitrator as a remedy directed that the grievants be paid for their
 additional commuting expenses.
 
                             III.  EXCEPTIONS
 
    In its exceptions the Agency contends that the remedy directing that
 the Activity pay the additional commuting expenses incurred by the
 grievants is defi