National Association of Government Employees, Local R5-168 (Union) and United States, Department of the Army, Fort Polk, Louisiana, (Agency)

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58 FLRA No. 53

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION
OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES
LOCAL R5-168
(Union)

and

UNITED STATES
DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
FORT POLK, LOUISIANA
(Agency)

0-AR-3530

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DECISION

December 10, 2002

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Before the Authority: Dale Cabaniss, Chairman, and
Carol Waller Pope and Tony Armendariz, Members

      This matter is before the Authority on exceptions to an award of Arbitrator Patrick J. Halter filed by the Union under § 7122(a) of the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute (the Statute) and part 2425 of the Authority's Regulations. The Agency filed an opposition to the Union's exceptions. The Union claimed that the award was contrary to law and failed to draw its essence from the parties' agreement.

      Under § 7122(a) of the Statute, an award is deficient if it is contrary to any law, rule, or regulation; or it is deficient on other grounds similar to those applied by federal courts in private sector labor-management relations. Upon careful consideration of the entire record in this case, and Authority precedent, the Authority concludes that the award is not deficient on the grounds raised in the exceptions and set forth in § 7122(a