26:0958(110)AR - Panama Canal Commission and MMP, Panama Canal Pilots Branch -- 1987 FLRAdec AR



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26:0958(110)AR
The decision of the Authority follows:


 26 FLRA No. 110
 
 PANAMA CANAL COMMISSION
 Agency
 
 and
 
 INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION OF 
 MASTERS, MATES AND PILOTS 
 PANAMA CANAL PILOTS BRANCH
 Union
 
                                            Case No. 0-AR-1273
 
                                 DECISION
 
                         I.  Statement of the Case
 
    This matter is before the Authority on exceptions to the award of
 Arbitrator Bernard Cushman filed by the Union 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
 
    During the term of the parties's collective bargaining agreement, the
 Agency, pursuant to Article 4 of the agreement, notified the Union of
 proposed revisions of its alcohol and drug prevention and rehabilitation
 program.  The Union requested bargaining over the revisions, submitting
 five specific proposals along with the request.  Approximately 1 month
 later, the Union submitted further proposals.  The Agency refused to
 bargain on the latter proposals, taking the position that under Article
 4, Section 1(c) of the agreement, it was not obligated to bargain over
 any proposal submitted more than 7 days after the date of the Union's
 request t