30:0389(50)AR - AFGE and SSA -- 1987 FLRAdec AR



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30:0389(50)AR
The decision of the Authority follows:


 30 FLRA NO. 50
  30 FLRA 389

30 NOV 1987



AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT
EMPLOYEES

                     Union

          and

SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION

                     Agency

Case Nos. 0-AR-1347
          0-AR-1348
          0-AR-1352
          0-AR-1366
          0-AR-1369
          0-AR-1387
          0-AR-1405
          0-AR-1407
          0-AR-1416
          0-AR-1440

ORDER REMANDING CASES

     These cases are before us on exceptions to awards of
Arbitrator Justin C. Smith 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.
They are part of a protracted dispute between the parties over
the interpretation and application of the official time
provisions of their collective bargaining agreement and other
related issues.

     On November 6, 1987, the Authority issued a decision in
another case in this dispute, Case No. 0-AR-1336. American
Federation of Government Employees and Social Security
Administration, 29 FLRA  No. 125 (1987), request for
reconsideration denied, 30  FLRA  No. 45 (1987). In that
decision, the Authority (Member McKee dissenting) set aside an
order issued by the Arbitrator related to the nature and extent
of his authority in the overall dispute. The Authority urged the
parties to expend all available efforts to resolve the dispute
bilaterally. The Authority directed