OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES
DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE
The Arbitrator resolved the issues he framed. The Arbitrator found that the grievance was arbitrable, that the demand to bargain was timely, that the FSIP-imposed agreement was still in effect, and that the agreement allowed for negotiations at the local level. Award at 35, 38-39. However, the Arbitrator not only ruled on the issues he framed, he also ruled on a merits issue that was not among the framed issues. As to this additional merits issue, the Arbitrator found that the Agency’s refusal to bargain with the Union over the implementation of the MTP was a violation of Article 33 of the MLA. Id. at 38, 39. The Arbitrator also found that the Union’s request to maintain the status quo until the completion of negotiations went beyond the requirements of Article 33. Id. at 38.