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The decision of the Authority follows:
48 FLRA No. 126
FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY
UNITED STATES INFORMATION AGENCY
AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES
ORDER DISMISSING EXCEPTIONS
December 23, 1993
On December 13, 1993, the Authority issued an Order directing the Union to correct several deficiencies in its exceptions to the award of Arbitrator Bernard Cushman in the above-captioned case. On December 14 and 17, 1993, the Union filed timely responses to the Authority's Order. For the reasons set out below, the Union's exceptions must be dismissed.
The time limit for filing exceptions to an arbitration award is 30 days beginning on the date the award is served on the filing party. 5 C.F.R. § 2425.1(b). The date of service is the date the arbitration award is deposited in the U.S. mail or is delivered in person. 5 C.F.R. § 2429.27(d). If the award is served by mail, 5 days are added to the period for filing exceptions to the award. 5 C.F.R. § 2429.22. The time limit may not be extended or waived by the Authority. 5 C.F.R. § 2429.23.(d).
The Arbitrator's award was served (postmarked) on the Union on October 26, 1993. Therefore, any exception to the award had to be either postmarked by the U.S. Postal Service or received in person at the Authority no later than November 29, l993, in order to be considered timely. 5 C.F.R.§§ 2425.2(b), 2429.21(b), and 2429.22. The Union's exceptions were filed (postmarked) with the Authority on November 30, l993.
The Union's exceptions were not filed within the prescribed time limit. As the time limit for filing exceptions may not be extended or waived by the Authority, the Union's exceptions are dismissed.
For the Authority.
Alicia N. Columna
Director, Case Control Office
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