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25:0613(47)AR - SSA, Mid-America Program Service Center and AFGE Local 1336 -- 1987 FLRAdec AR



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25:0613(47)AR
The decision of the Authority follows:


 25 FLRA No. 47
 
 SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION 
 MID-AMERICA PROGRAM SERVICE CENTER
 Activity
 
 and
 
 AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT 
 EMPLOYEES, LOCAL 1336
 Union
 
                                            Case No. 0-AR-1212
 
                 ORDER DENYING REQUEST FOR RECONSIDERATION
 
    This case is before the Authority at this time on a request filed by
 the Union seeking reconsideration of our decision of October 9, 1986,
 denying the Union's exceptions to the award of Arbitrator John R.
 Thornell.
 
    In denying the Union's exceptions we concluded that the Union failed
 to establish that the Arbitrator's award was deficient on any of the
 grounds set forth in section 7122(a) of the Statute;  that is, that the
 award was contrary to any law, rule, or regulation, or that the award
 was deficient on other grounds similar to those applied by Federal
 courts in private sector labor-management relations.  In its request for
 reconsideration, the Union contends that the Authority's decision is
 contrary to law, rule and regulation.  In support of its contention, the
 Union reiterates arguments made in its exceptions concerning testimony
 and evidence presented in the proceeding before the Arbitrator.
 
    Section 2429.17 of the Authority's Rules and Regulations permit a
 party that can establish "extraordinary circumstances" to request
 reconsideration of a decision of the Authority.  Here, however, we
 conclude that the Union has not established "extraordinary
 circumstances" within the meaning of section 2429.17.  Rather, the
 arguments presented by the Union in support of its request essentially
 constitute nothing more than disagreement with the merits of the
 Authority's decision and an attempt to relitigate the matter.
 
    Accordingly, the Union's request for reconsideration is denied.
 
    Issued, Washington, D.C., February 6, 1987.
                                       Jerry L. Calhoun, Chairman
                                       Henry B. Frazier III, Member
                                       Jean McKee, Member
                                       FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY