Synopsis By: Lurie - Proceeding Author: Jean McKee, Jerome H. Ross, J. Earl Williams

Chairman McKee discusses the authority of the Federal Labor Relations Authority to set aside arbitrators’ decisions involving federal statute if found to be contrary to law, rule or regulation, or on grounds similar to those applied in the private sector. The appellate rate for cases involving federal statute is 22%, and Chairman McKee urges that, to reduce appeals, the parties furnish arbitrators with adequate information about federal law, that arbitrators educate themselves in federal law, and that the parties understand the FLRA’s limited ability to overturn awards. Jerome H. Ross comments that the arbitration of federal statutes has not proven effective, and that the FLRA would do better to remand cases to arbitrators, with instructions, than to simply overturn awards. J. Earl Williams comments on the confusing and overlapping jurisdiction of agencies and statutes, and offers recommendations for simplification and comprehensibility, including the merger and reduction in the variety of federal forums available for dispute resolution.