United States, Department of Homeland Security, Border and Transportation Security Directorate , Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Philadelphia District, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Respondent) and American Federation of Government Employees, Local 2012 (Charging Party)
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60 FLRA No. 178
DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
BORDER AND TRANSPORTATION
BUREAU OF IMMIGRATION
AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT
OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES
DECISION AND ORDER
May 31, 2005
Before the Authority: Dale Cabaniss, Chairman, and
Carol Waller Pope and Tony Armendariz, Members
I. Statement of the Case
This unfair labor practice case is before the Authority on exceptions to the attached decision of the Administrative Law Judge filed by the Respondent.
The complaint alleges that the Respondent violated § 7116(a)(1) and (8) of the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute (the Statute) by failing to comply with a final and binding arbitration award. [n1] The Judge granted the General Counsel's motion for summary judgment after the Respondent failed to file a timely answer to the complaint and failed to respond to the General Counsel's motion. The Respondent excepts to the Judge's finding of a violation. [n2]
Upon consideration of the Judge's decision and the entire record, we adopt the Judge's findings, conclusions and recommended Order.
In so ruling, we find that 5 C.F.R. § 2429.5 bars our consideration of the Respondent's claims that it had no "authority or responsibility for resolving the backpay issue" and that it should not "be ordered to post a notice concerning an issue over which [it] had no control or involvement." Exceptions at 3. Under 5 C.F.R. § 2429.5, the Authority will not consider "any issue, which was not presented in the proceedings before the . . . Administrative Law Judge[.]" As the Respondent is the party identified in the complaint as responsible for the alleged violation, its claims denying responsibility should have been raised to the Administrative Law Judge. As the Respondent's claims are raised for the first time in its exceptions, the claims are not properly before us.
Pursuant to § 2423.41 of the Authority's Regulations and § 7118 of the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute, it is hereby ordered that the United States Department of Homeland Security, Border and Transportation Security Directorate, Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Philadelphia District, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, shall:
1. Cease and desist from:
(a) Failing or refusing to promptly and fully comply with the final and binding award of Arbitrator Kinard Lang dated December 23, 2003, to the extent consistent with the provisions of the Back Pay Act, 5 U.S.C. § 5596(b), by failing or refusing to make David W. Savina whole for all lost wages, overtime, allowances and differentials.
(b) In any like or related manner, interfering with, restraining or coercing its employees in the exercise of their rights assured by the Statute.
2. Take the following affirmative actions in order to effectuate the purposes and policies of the Statute: