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
AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES
GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
ORDER DENYING REQUEST FOR RECONSIDERATION
May 29, 1997
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.
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