Social Security Administration, Baltimore, Maryland (Respondent) and American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO, Council 215 (Charging Party/Union)

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57 FLRA No. 38

SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND
(Respondent)

and

AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT
EMPLOYEES, AFL-CIO, COUNCIL 215
(Charging Party/Union)

WA-CA-00003

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DECISION AND ORDER

May 11, 2001

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Before the Authority: Dale Cabaniss, Chairman; Donald S. Wasserman and Carol Waller Pope, Members

I.     Statement of the Case

      On March 19, 2001, the Respondent and the Charging Party entered into a settlement stipulation ("the Stipulation"). On March 20, 2001, the Stipulation was approved by the Washington Regional Director of the Authority, on behalf of the General Counsel. [n1] The Stipulation provides for entry of a consent order by the Authority and a consent judgment by any appropriate United States Court of Appeals. In addition, the parties have waived all further and other proceedings before the Authority to which they may be entitled under the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute (the Statute) and the Regulations of the Authority, and the Respondent has consented to the entry of a decree by an appropriate Federal court enforcing the order of the Authority upon application by the Authority.

      The settlement stipulation in this case effectuates the Authority's policy of "foster[ing] amicable resolution of disputes by encouraging parties to reach agreement where possible." AFGE, Local 2145, 44 FLRA 1055, 1061 (1992). Moreover, there is no evidence in the record, or assertion by any party, that the agreement is inconsistent with any policy of the Authority. Accordingly, the Stipulation is hereby approved and made part of the record in this case.

      Based on the entire record in this case, including the Stipulation, the Authority finds that: (1) the Respondent is an agency, withing the meaning of section 7103(a)(3) of the Statute; (2) the Charging Party is a labor organization, within the meaning of section 7103(a)(4) of the Statute; and (3) the Charging Party is the exclusive representative of a unit of employees appropriate for bargaining under the Statute. Also based on the record, the Authority issues the following Order: