21:0401(53)AR - SSA and AFGE, Local 1760 -- 1986 FLRAdec AR



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21:0401(53)AR
The decision of the Authority follows:


 21 FLRA No. 53
 
 SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION
 Agency
 
 and
 
 AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT 
 EMPLOYEES, LOCAL 1760, AFL-CIO
 Union
 
                                            Case No. 0-AR-1020
 
                                 DECISION
 
                         I.  STATEMENT OF THE CASE
 
    This matter is before the Authority on exceptions to the award of
 Arbitrator Howard M. Golob filed by the Agency under section 7122(a) of
 the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute and part 2425 of
 the Authority's Rules and Regulations.
 
                  II.  BACKGROUND AND ARBITRATOR'S AWARD
 
    The grievant objected to her performance evaluation rating of "Fully
 Satisfactory," under new performance standards, for a ten-month period
 ending on September 30, 1984, the end of the rating cycle established by
 the Agency.  The grievant had received a rating of "Excellent" under
 previous standards.  Article 21, Section 6A of the parties' collective
 bargaining agreement provided as follows:
 
          A.  Performance appraisals are normally prepared on a regular
       cycle.  For employees other than seasonal employees this will be a
       twelve (12) month cycle except for certain situations as set forth
       in SSA policy.
 
    The Arbitrator found that under the agreement the grievant was
 entitled to receive a performance appraisa