25:0613(47)AR - SSA, Mid-America Program Service Center and AFGE Local 1336 -- 1987 FLRAdec AR
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The decision of the Authority follows:
25 FLRA No. 47 SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION MID-AMERICA PROGRAM SERVICE CENTER Activity and AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, LOCAL 1336 Union Case No. 0-AR-1212 ORDER DENYING REQUEST FOR RECONSIDERATION This case is before the Authority at this time on a request filed by the Union seeking reconsideration of our decision of October 9, 1986, denying the Union's exceptions to the award of Arbitrator John R. Thornell. In denying the Union's exceptions we concluded that the Union failed to establish that the Arbitrator's award was deficient on any of the grounds set forth in section 7122(a) of the Statute; that is, that the award was contrary to any law, rule, or regulation, or that the award was deficient on other grounds similar to those applied by Federal courts in private sector labor-management relations. In its request for reconsideration, the Union contends that the Authority's decision is contrary to law, rule and regulation. In support of its contention, the Union reiterates arguments made in its exceptions concerning testimony and evidence presented in the proceeding before the Arbitrator. Section 2429.17 of the Authority's Rules and Regulations permit a party that can establish "extraordinary circumstances" to request reconsideration of a decision of the Authority. Here, however, we conclude that the Union has not established "extraordinary circumstances" within the meaning of section 2429.17. Rather, the arguments presented by the Union in support of its request essentially constitute nothing more than disagreement with the merits of the Authority's decision and an attempt to relitigate the matter. Accordingly, the Union's request for reconsideration is denied. Issued, Washington, D.C., February 6, 1987.