52:1531(144)AR - - AFGE Council 236 and GSA Region 2, NY, NY - - 1997 FLRAdec AR - - v52 p1531



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The decision of the Authority follows:


52 FLRA No. 144

FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY

WASHINGTON, D.C.

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AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES

COUNCIL 236

(Union)

and

GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION

REGION 2

NEW YORK, NEW YORK

(Agency)

0-AR-2950

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ORDER DENYING REQUEST FOR RECONSIDERATION

May 29, 1997

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Before the Authority: Phyllis N. Segal, Chair; and Donald S. Wasserman, Member.

I. Statement of the Case

This matter is before the Authority on a request for reconsideration filed by a Union official under section 2429.17 of the Authority's Regulations. The official seeks reconsideration of an Authority order dated May 2, 1997, dismissing exceptions to an arbitration award for failure to respond to the Authority's order requesting clarification of the exceptions. No opposition to the motion was filed.

For the following reasons, we conclude that it has not been established that extraordinary circumstances exist warranting reconsideration of the Authority's order dismissing the exceptions. Accordingly, we deny the motion.

II. Background

Exceptions were filed to the award of Arbitrator John M. Donoghue in the above-captioned case. On April 10, 1997, the Authority issued a notice acknowledging the exceptions. On April 11, 1997, the Authority issued an order stating that it was unclear whether the exceptions had been filed on behalf of the grievant or the Union. Accordingly, the Authority directed the official who filed the exceptions to file with the Authority by April 24, 1997, a response to the order showing that he was authorized by the Union to act on its behalf. Because a reply to the order was not filed by April 24, the Authority dismissed the exceptions.

III. Request for Reconsideration

The Union official contends that he had no knowledge of the Authority's order requesting clarification until May 14, 1997 because the order was placed in the Union's grievance file along with the acknowledgment notice. The official argues, therefore, that reconsideration is warranted because the failure to respond was not due to either negligence or "lack of concern." Motion at 1.

IV. Analysis and Conclusions

Under section 2429.17 of the Authority's Regulations, a party seeking reconsideration after the Authority has issued a final order bears the "heavy burden" of establishing that extraordinary circumstances exist to justify this unusual action. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Local 3870 and U.S. Department of Agriculture, Farmers Home Administration, Washington, D.C., 50 FLRA 445, 447 (1995) (Local 3870).

We find unpersuasive the contention that the placement in the Union's grievance file of the deficiency order with the acknowledgment notice constitutes extraordinary circumstances. In Local 3870, the Authority held that receipt of an acknowledgment and deficiency order on the same day, coupled with counsel's illness, did not constitute extraordinary circumstances justifying a failure to respond to the deficiency order. Consistent with Local 3870, we conclude that extraordinary circumstances have not been established in this case.

V. Order

The motion for r