47:0748(69)AR - - DOD, Defense Logistics Agency, Defense Distribution Region Central, Memphis, TN and AFGE Local 2501 - - 1993 FLRAdec AR - - v47 p748
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The decision of the Authority follows:
47 FLRA No. 69
FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY
DEFENSE DISTRIBUTION REGION CENTRAL
AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES
ORDER DISMISSING EXCEPTIONS
May 26, 1993
The Union has filed exceptions to the award of Arbitrator Wanza C. Johnson in the above-captioned case. On April 2, 1993, the Authority issued an Order directing the Union to show cause why its exceptions should not be dismissed because the Authority is without jurisdiction to review exceptions to an award relating to the removal of the grievant from a position in the Federal Service, and because the exceptions were not timely filed. The Union and the Agency filed timely responses to the Authority's Order. The Union has provided sufficient documentation to show that its exceptions were timely filed. However, for the following reasons, the Union's exceptions must be dismissed.
Section 7122(a) of the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute (the Statute) provides, in pertinent part:
Either party to arbitration under [the Statute] 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 [the Statute]).
The matters described in section 7121(f) of the Statute include serious adverse actions covered under 5 U.S.C. § 7512, such as removals, or suspensions for more than 14 days. Review of arbitration awards relating to such matters, like review of decisions of the Merits Systems Protection Board, may be sought by appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in accordance with 5 U.S.C. § 7703. The Authority is without jurisdiction to review such awards. See American Federation of Government Employees, Council 236 and General Services Administration, Region 9, 39 FLRA 896 (1991).
The Arbitrator's award denied the Union's grievance over the discharge of the grievant. As the Arbitrator's award in the above-captioned case relates to the removal of the grievant, a matter which is covered under 5 U.S.C. § 7512 and described in section 7121(f), exceptions to the award may not be filed with the Authority under section 7122(a) of the Statute. Therefore, the Authority is without jurisdiction to review the Union's exceptions.
Accordingly, the Union's exceptions are dismissed.
For the Authority.
Alicia N. Columna
Director, Case Control Office