National Treasury Employees Union, Chapter 145 (Union) and United States, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Laredo, Texas (Agency)

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61 FLRA No. 43

NATIONAL TREASURY
EMPLOYEES UNION
CHAPTER 145
(Union)

and

UNITED STATES
DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION
LAREDO, TEXAS
(Agency)

0-AR-3985

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DECISION

September 12, 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 Paula Ann Hughes 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