34:0373(70)AR - BALTIMORE, MARYLAND and AFGE SSA GENERAL COMMITTEE -- 1990 FLRAdec AR



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34:0373(70)AR
The decision of the Authority follows:


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                      BALTIMORE, MARYLAND

                              and

          AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES
                     SSA GENERAL COMMITTEE

                           0-AR-1718

		ORDER DISMISSING EXCEPTIONS

    		       January 19, 1990

I. Statement of the Case

     This matter is before the Authority on exceptions to the
award of Arbitrator Stanley J. Siegel. The Department of Health
and Human Services, Social Security Administration, Baltimore,
Maryland (the Agency) filed exceptions to the award under section
7122(a) of the Federal Service Labor - Management Relations
Statute (the Statute) and part 2425 of the Authority's Rules and
Regulations. The American Federation of Government Employees, SSA
General Committee (the Union) filed on opposition to the Agency's
exceptions.

     For the reasons stated below, the Agency's exceptions will
be dismissed as interlocutory.

II. Background and Arbitrator's Award

     On December 17, 1987, the Agency informed the Union that it
planned to expand "folderless processing" to all eight of the
Agency's processing centers during the first and second quarters
of calendar year 1988. Award at 2. On January 6, 1988, the Union
demanded to bargain over the folderless processing. There were
several other