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The decision of the Authority follows:


50 FLRA No. 75

FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY

WASHINGTON, D.C.

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND

(Agency)

and

AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES

NATIONAL COUNCIL OF SSA FIELD OPERATIONS LOCALS

COUNCIL 220

(Union)

0-AR-2664

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DECISION

June 23, 1995

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Before the Authority: Phyllis N. Segal, Chair; Tony Armendariz and Pamela Talkin, Members.

I. Statement of the Case

This case is before the Authority on an exception to an award of Arbitrator Ira F. Jaffe filed by the Agency under section 7122 of the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute (the Statute) and part 2425 of the Authority's Regulations. The Union filed an opposition to the Agency's exception.

The Arbitrator sustained a grievance involving the design and installation of ergonomic furniture in the Agency's field offices.

For the following reasons, we conclude that the Agency has failed to establish that the award is deficient under section 7122(a) of the Statute. Accordingly, we deny the exception.

II. Arbitrator's Award

The Arbitrator issued a "stipulated" award resulting from his mediation of a dispute between the parties over the design and implementation of ergonomic work stations at the Agency's field offices. Award at 1. This award directed, among other things, the creation of a Joint Committee on Implementation and Design (JCID), comprised of three Agency representatives, three Union representatives, and one or two professional ergonomists, to monitor and review the installation of the work stations.

Disagreements over implementation of this initial award led the parties to return to the Arbitrator for further clarification. Consequently, a second stipulated award was issued. According to this award, the parties agreed that a function of the JCID was "to conduct site visits . . . to ensure that the design and installation of the ergonomic systems furniture [was] proceeding as