27:0389(53)AR - AFGE Local 997, Montgomery, AL and Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, AL -- 1987 FLRAdec AR



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27:0389(53)AR
The decision of the Authority follows:


 27 FLRA No. 53
 
 AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT 
 EMPLOYEES, LOCAL 997, AFL-CIO 
 MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA
 Union
 
 and
 
 MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE 
 MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA
 Agency
 
                                            Case No. 0-AR-1295
 
                                 DECISION
 
                         I.  Statement of the Case
 
    This matter is before the Authority on an exception to the award of
 Arbitrator Wanza C. Johnson 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
 
    A Federal prison camp and a laundry are located at Maxwell Air Force
 Base.  The Agency conducted a reduction in force of laundry service
 employees and transferred the work to Federal prison inmates.  The Union
 filed a grievance contending that the Agency did not have a right to
 assign the work to the prison inmates and that the work should be
 performed by bargaining unit employees.  The Agency stated that it was
 conducting the reduction in force for economic reasons and that the unit
 employees had the right to transfer into qualified positions whenever
 vacancies occur.
 
    The Arbitrator stated the issue as follows:  "Did the Air Force Base
 displace regular Employees, under the law, and transfer work to another
 agency, and if so what is the remedy?" The Arbitrator denied the Union's
 grievance.  The Arbitrator stated that all efforts should