24:0288(35)AR - IRS, Cincinnati District Office and NTEU Chapter 9 -- 1986 FLRAdec AR



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24:0288(35)AR
The decision of the Authority follows:


 24 FLRA No. 35
 
 INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE 
 CINCINNATI DISTRICT OFFICE
 Activity
 
 and
 
 THE NATIONAL TREASURY EMPLOYEES 
 UNION, CHAPTER 9
 Union
 
                                            Case No. 0-AR-1146
 
                                 DECISION
 
                         I.  STATEMENT OF THE CASE
 
    This matter is before the Authority on exceptions to the award of
 Arbitrator Patrick A. McDonald 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.
 
                  II.  BACKGROUND AND ARBITRATOR'S AWARD
 
    The grievance in this matter arose when a number of seasonal
 employees were furloughed because of a reduction in the number of hours
 allocated to the Taxpayer Service Division.  According to the
 Arbitrator, 32 of the employees were notified by the Activity on
 February 11, 1985 that they would be furloughed at the close of business
 on February 12;  one employee was notified on February 12 that she would
 be furloughed at close of business that day.  Sixteen others were
 notified on February 25 that they would be furloughed at the close of
 business on February 26 and one employee was notified on February 26
 that she would be furloughed that same day.  A group grievance was
 filed, contending that