44:0763(63)AR - - Air Force Development Test Center, Eglin AFB, FL and AFGE Local 1897 - - 1992 FLRAdec AR - - v44 p763
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The decision of the Authority follows:
44 FLRA No. 63
FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE
AIR FORCE DEVELOPMENT TEST CENTER
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, FLORIDA
AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES
ORDER DISMISSING EXCEPTIONS
April 8, 1992
Before Chairman McKee and Members Talkin and Armendariz.
I. Statement of the Case
This matter is before the Authority on exceptions to an award of Arbitrator Roger C. Williams filed by the Union 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 Agency did not file an opposition to the Union's exceptions.
The Arbitrator upheld the removal of the grievant for unacceptable performance under 5 U.S.C. § 4303 and denied the grievance.
We conclude that we are without jurisdiction under section 7122(a) of the Statute to review the Union's exceptions. Accordingly, we will dismiss the exceptions.
II. Background and Arbitrator's Award
The grievant was removed from his position as a public affairs specialist, GS-1035-09, for unacceptable performance under 5 U.S.C. § 4303.(*) He filed a grievance contesting the removal. The grievance was not resolved and was submitted to arbitration. The Arbitrator upheld the removal and denied the grievance.
The Union contends that the Arbitrator failed to review the entire case file and failed to realize that the Agency was obligated to notify the Union before changing the grievant's conditions of employment. The Union also asserts that the Arbitrator failed to "acknowledge" or "pursue" certain evidence. Exceptions at 2-3.
IV. Analysis and Conclusions
We find that we are without jurisdiction under section 7122(a) of the Statute to review the Union's exceptions.
Section 7122(a) provides, in pertinent part, as follows:
Either party to arbitration under this chapter may file with the Authority an exception to any arbitrator's award pursuant to the arbitration (other than an award relating to a matter described in section 7121(f) of this title).
The matters described in section 7121(f) include performance-based actions covered under 5 U.S.C. § 4303, such as a removal for unacceptable performance. For nonprobationary, competitive service employees, review of arbitration awards relating to such matters, like review of decisions of the Merit Systems Protection Board, may be obtained by filing an appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in accordance with 5 U.S.C. § 7703.
The Arbitrator's award relates to the grievant's removal for unacceptable performance, which is a matter covered by 5 U.S.C. § 4303 and described in section 7121(f). Accordingly, we are without jurisdiction to review the Union's exceptions, and we will dismiss them.
See U.S. Army Missile Command and American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO, Local 1858, 28 FLRA