American Federation of Government Employees, Local 1031 (Union) and United States, Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, Mississippi State Office (Agency)

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61 FLRA No. 28

AMERICAN FEDERATION
OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES
LOCAL 1031
(Union)

and

UNITED STATES
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
FARM SERVICE AGENCY
MISSISSIPPI STATE OFFICE
(Agency)

0-AR-3968

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DECISION

August 2, 2005

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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 Sam Jacobson 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.

      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