American Federation of Government Employees, Local 1945 (Union) and United States Department of the Army, Anniston Army Depot, Anniston, Alabama (Agency)

 

67 FLRA No. 64                                                                                                                                                                 
 
AMERICAN FEDERATION
OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES
LOCAL 1945
(Union)
 
and
 
UNITED STATES
DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT
ANNISTON, ALABAMA
(Agency)
 
0‑AR‑4958
 
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DECISION
 
February 18, 2014
 
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Before the Authority: Carol Waller Pope, Chairman, and
Ernest DuBester and Patrick Pizzella, Members
 
                This matter is before the Authority on an exception to an award of Arbitrator George R. Shea, Jr.,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 Union requests an expedited, abbreviated decision under § 2425.7 of the Authority’s Regulations.[1] Although the Agency filed an opposition to the Union’s exception, the Agency does not oppose the Union’s request under § 2425.7. Upon full consideration of the circumstances of this case – including the case’s complexity, potential for precedential value, and similarity to other, fully detailed decisions involving the same or similar        issues – we grant the Union’s request.
 
                As an initial matter, §§ 2425.4(c) and 2429.5 of the Authority’s Regulations bar consideration of the Union’s argument that the Arbitrator’s interpretation of “employees” in the first sentence of Article 8, Section 1 of the parties’ collective-bargaining agreement to include first-line supervisors fails to draw its essence from the agreement.[2] Because the Agency argued in favor of this very interpretation before the Arbitrator, the Uni