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The decision of the Authority follows:


40 FLRA No. 94

FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY

WASHINGTON, D.C.

NATIONAL TREASURY EMPLOYEES UNION

(Union)

and

FEDERAL DEPOSIT INSURANCE CORPORATION

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

(Agency)

0-MC-13-002

NATIONAL TREASURY EMPLOYEES UNION

(Union)

and

FEDERAL DEPOSIT INSURANCE CORPORATION

(Agency)

0-MC-14-002

DECISION AND ORDER VACATING STAYS

May 29, 1991

Before Chairman McKee and Members Talkin and Armendariz.

I. Statement of the Case

On June 8, 1988, the Agency filed motions for stays of orders issued by the Federal Service Impasses Panel (Panel) in Case Nos. 88 FSIP 89 and 88 FSIP 92. Because the motions involved the same parties and presented the same issues for the Authority's consideration, they were consolidated for decision. In the unique circumstances of the consolidated cases, the Authority granted the motions for stays of the Panel's orders. National Treasury Employees Union and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Chicago, Illinois, 32 FLRA 1131 (1988) (NTEU and FDIC, Chicago).

For the following reasons, the stays of the Panel's orders are vacated.

II. Background

The underlying dispute between the parties related to the Union's bargaining proposals regarding wages and money-related fringe benefits for bargaining unit employees. The Panel's orders directed the parties to "submit the issues in dispute to an [interest] arbitrator [of] their choice for a binding decision[.]" Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Chicago, IL and NTEU, Case No. 88 FSIP 89 (May 24, 1988); Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Washington, DC and NTEU, Case No. 88 FSIP 92 (May 24, 1988).

The Agency requested the Authority to stay the Panel's orders because the Union's proposals that were the subject of the Panel's orders were similar to the proposals that were at issue in cases then awaiting decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. For the reasons set forth in NTEU and FDIC, Chicago, the Authority granted the Agency's motions for stays of the Panel's orders in Case Nos. 88 FSIP 89 and 88 FSIP 92 until such time as the court ruled in the pending cases.

On February 25, 1991, the court issued orders in those cases. In FLRA v. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Nos. 87-1716 and 88-1005 (D.C. Cir. Feb. 25, 1991) (per curiam) (FLRA v. FDIC 1), the court vacated the Authority's decision in National Treasury Employees Union, Chapter 207 and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Washington, D.C., 28 FLRA 625 (1987) (Chairman Calhoun dissenting), reconsideration denied, 29 FLRA 1465 (1987) (Chairman Calhoun dissenting) (NTEU 1) and remanded the case to the Authority with instructions to dismiss the case as moot. On remand, the Authority vacated its decision in NTEU 1 as moot. National Treasury Employees Union, Chapter 207 and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Washington, D.C., 40 FLRA No. 81 (1991). In dismissing the case, the Authority noted that the proposal required employee salary increases to be based upon the recommendation of the Federal Employees Pay Council, an entity abolished by the Federal Employees Pay Comparability Act of 1990, Pub. L. No. 101-509, sec. 529 (1990).

In FLRA v. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Nos. 87-1717 and 88-1006 (D.C. Cir. Feb. 25, 1991) (per curiam) (FLRA v. FDIC 2), the court granted the Authority's motion for summary enforcement of the Authority's decision in National Treasury Employees Union, Chapter 207 and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Washington, D.C., 28 FLRA 738 (1987) (Chairman Calhoun dissenting), reconsideration denied, 29 FLRA 1465 (1987) (Chairman Calhoun dissenting) (the Authority found a proposal on money-related fringe benefits for bargaining unit employees, such as dental care, to be negotiable). The court granted the Authority's motion based on the Supreme Court's decision in Fort Stewart Schools v. FLRA, 110 S. Ct. 2043 (1990). In that decision, the Supreme Court, affirming the Authority's underlying order, held that money-related fringe benefits were conditions of employment over which management was required to bargain. <