Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Social Security Administration, Disability Insurance Program Staff, Chicago, Illinois, A/SLMR No. 1128




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The decision of the Authority follows:


 1 FLRA No. 16
                                             APRIL 9, 1979
 
 MR. BILL LOFTIS
 PRESIDENT
 AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT
 EMPLOYEES, AFL-CIO
 300 SOUTH WACKER DRIVE
 CHICAGO, ILLINOIS 60606
 
                       RE:  DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, EDUCATION, AND 
                            WELFARE, SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, 
                            DISABILITY INSURANCE PROGRAM STAFF, 
                            CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, A/SLMR No. 1128, 
                            FLRC No. 78A-152
 
 DEAR MR. LOFTIS:
 
    THE AUTHORITY HAS CAREFULLY CONSIDERED YOUR PETITION FOR REVIEW OF
 THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY'S DECISION IN THE ABOVE-ENTITLED CASE.
 
    IN THIS CASE, AS FOUND BY THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY, AMERICAN
 FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, AFL-CIO, LOCAL 3400 (THE UNION)
 FILED AN UNFAIR LABOR PRACTICE COMPLAINT AGAINST THE DEPARTMENT OF
 HEALTH, EDUCATION, AND WELFARE, SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION,
 DISABILITY INSURANCE PROGRAM STAFF, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (THE ACTIVITY).
 THE COMPLAINT ALLEGED THAT THE ACTIVITY VIOLATED SECTION 19(A)(1) OF THE
 ORDER BY ENGAGING IN DILATORY TACTICS IN THE PROCESSING OF A GRIEVANCE.
 THE ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE (ALJ) CONCLUDED THAT, IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES
 OF THIS CASE, THE ACTIVITY'S REFUSAL TO PROCESS A GRIEVANCE BEYOND THE
 SECOND STEP OF THE PARTIES' NEGOTIATED GRIEVANC