United States Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration (Agency) and Professional Airways Systems Specialists (Union)

XX FLRA No

63 FLRA No. 163

FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY

WASHINGTON, D.C.

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UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION

 (Agency)

and

PROFESSIONAL AIRWAYS SYSTEMS SPECIALISTS

 (Union)

0-AR-4215

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DECISION

July 31, 2009

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Before the Authority:  Carol Waller Pope, Chairman and

Thomas M. Beck, Member

            This matter is before the Authority on an exception to an award of Arbitrator

Shyam Das filed by the Agency under § 7122(a) of the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute (the Statute) and part 2425 of the Authority’s Regulations.  The Union filed an opposition to the Agency’sexception. 

            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 exception and set forth in § 7122(a).  See United States Dep’t of Labor (OSHA), 34 FLRA 573, 575 (1990) (award not deficient as failing to draw its essence from the parties’ collective bargaining agreement where excepting party fails to establish that the award cannot in any rational way be derived from the agreement; is so unfounded in reason and fact and so unconnected to the wording and purpose of the agreement as to manifest an infidelity to the obligation of the arbitrator; does not represent a plausible interpretation of the agreement; or eviden