30:1097(119)AR - NTEU and IRS -- 1988 FLRAdec AR



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30:1097(119)AR
The decision of the Authority follows:


 30 FLRA NO. 119
 30 FLRA 1097

28 JAN 1988


NATIONAL TREASURY EMPLOYEES UNION

                    Union

      and

INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE

                    Agency

Case No. O-AR-1341

DECISION

I. Statement of the Case

     This matter is before the Authority on exceptions to the
interest arbitration award of Arbitrator Jerome H. Ross. As part
of his award the Arbitrator imposed certain provisions concerning
employee reassignments. The Union has filed exceptions to this
portion of the award under section 7122 (a) of the Federal
Service Labor - Management Relations Statute (the Statute) and
part 2425 of the Authority's Regulations. The Agency filed an
opposition.

     For the reasons discussed below, we conclude that the award
is not inconsistent with the Statute and that the Arbitrator did
not exceed his authority when he imposed the provisions
concerning reassignments. Accordingly, we deny the Union's
exceptions.

II. Background and Arbitrator's Award

     The dispute concerns an impasse reached by the parties
during reopener negotiations covering four articles of the
parties' national collective bargaining agreements. The Federal
Service Impasses Panel (the Panel) approved the parties' joint
request for binding mediation/arbitration.

     The Arbitrator issued his award resolving the matters at
impasse after the parties were unable to reach agreement at his
mediation/arbitration hearing. As relevant to the Union's
exceptions,