32:0820(121)AR - - FAA, Atlantic City, NJ and NFFE Local 1340 - - 1988 FLRAdec AR - - v32 p820



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The decision of the Authority follows:


32 FLRA No. 121

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

BEFORE THE

FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY

WASHINGTON, D.C.

 

FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION

ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY

Agency

and 

LOCAL 1340, NATIONAL FEDERATION

OF FEDERAL EMPLOYEES

Union

Case No. 0-AR-1472
(32 FLRA 426)

 

ORDER DENYING REQUEST FOR RECONSIDERATION

I. Statement of the Case

This matter is before the Authority on a request filed by the Union seeking reconsideration of the Authority's decision of June 20, 1988. We deny the request.

In our decision, we concluded that the Union failed to establish that the Arbitrator's award was deficient on any of the grounds for review set forth in section 7122(a) of the Statute. We found that the Agency had no authority to grant the grievants accelerated promotions under 5 C.F.R. § 300.603(a)(1) and (4) without a training agreement or specific approval from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). We upheld the Arbitrator's finding that these regulations were binding on the Agency and the Arbitrator. We also noted the Arbitrator's finding that OPM has the authority to interpret the cited regulations. Finally, we concluded that the Arbitrator did not err in finding that the doctrine of equitable estoppel was not available in this case.

II. The Union's Request

In its request for reconsideration, the Union reasserts the substance of the arguments presented in its exceptions. Specifically, the Union requests that the Authority determine (1) whether the Arbitrator may reverse OPM's decision regarding the application of 5 C.F.R. § 300.603(a)(4) in this case and (2) whether the amount of harm suffered by the grievants prevents the Arbitrator from applying the doctrine of equitable estoppel.

III. Discussio