American Federation of Government Employees,, Local 2004, (Union) and United States, Department of Defense, Defense Logistics Agency, Defense Distribution Center, Defense Distribution Depot, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania (Agency)

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59 FLRA No. 10

LOCAL 2004






August 20, 2003


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 George E. Marshall 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.

      We find that the exceptions are timely filed. The time limit for filing exceptions to an arbitration award is thirty days beginning on the date the award is served on the filing party. See 5 C.F.R. § 2425.1(b). The date of service is the date the arbitration award is deposited in the United States mail or is delivered in person, or in the case of facsimile transmissions, the date transmitted. See 5 C.F.R. § 2429.27(d). If the award is served by mail, five days are added to the period for filing exceptions. See 5 C.F.R. § 2429.22.

      Evidence submitted by the Union in response to an Authority order shows that although the award is dated November 19, 2002, it was not served on the Union until November 26. The Union's exceptions were filed with the Authority by certified mail on December 26, 2002.

      The Agency argues that although the award was mailed to the parties on November 26, it was also faxed to them on November 20 and, therefore, the Union's December 26 exceptions were untimely. However, the Agency's own evidence (Opposition, Exhibit 2) establishes that only a cover sheet and one page of the award were faxed to the parties on November 20. The remainder of the award, totaling another seven pages, was not faxed, but was only mailed on November 26. Additionally, the Agency's reliance on United States Small Business Administration, Washington, D.C., 38 FLRA 386 (1990) (SBA) does not provide a basis for finding the exceptions untimely because SBA concerned exceptions to an arbitrator's bench decision. The instant award is not a bench award.

      As the Union's exceptions were filed (postmarked) on December 26, 2000, the exceptions were filed timely. Accordingly, the Agency's request for the exceptions to be dismissed as untimely is denied.

      With regard to the merits of the award, 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). See United States Dep't of the Navy, Naval Base, Norfolk, Va., 51 FLRA 305, 307-08 (1995) (award not deficient on ground that arbitrator exceeded his authority where excepting party does not establish that arbitrator failed to resolve an issue submitted to arbitra