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Published by: John Vaught LaBeaume on Jan 30, 2012
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INTHEUNITEDSTATESDISTRICT
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WASHINGTONMETROPOLITANAREATRANSITAUTHORITY,600FifthStreet,NWWashington,DC200.01,Petitioner,
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OFFICE
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PROFESSIONALEMPLOYEESINT'LUNION,AFL-CIO.855516thSt.#550,SilverSpring,
MD
20910Respondent.
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PETITIONTOVACATEARBITRATIONAWARD
Pursuantto40U.S.C.
S
18304(c),WashingtonMetropolitanAreaTransitAuthority("W11ATA"or"theAuthority"),byandthroughcounsel,petitionsthisHonorableCourtfortheentryofanOrdervacatingthegeneralwageadjustments;theresultingpensionbenefitIncrease,andthenewsubcontractingandpaybandprovisionsgrantedbytheArbitrationAwardof
a
three(3)memberarbitrationpanel(the"Board")led
by
NeutralChairmanKennethE.Moffett,whichissuedonJanuary13,2012.AsgroundsforthisPetition,WMATAstatesasfollows:
NatureofthisCase
1.Thisisanactiontovacatethegeneralwageadjustments,theresultingpensionbenefitincrease,andthenewsubcontractingandpaybandsprovisionsgrantedbyaninterest'arbitrationaward(the"Award"),attachedheretoasExhibitA,issuedinthematterofWMATAandLocal2,OfficeandProfessionalEmployeesInternationalUnion,AFL-CIO("Loca12"orthe"Union")onJanuary13,2012.TheAwardprovidesforincreasedwages,morefavorable
 
violationoftheapplicablelegalstandardsandwithoutreasonedexplanationoranalysis,inpensionbenefits,andnewsubcontractingandpaybandsarrangements,allofwhichactionsareincontraventionofthe.NationalCapitalAreaInterestArbitrationStandardsAct(the"Standards
""
-
Act"),40U.S.C.
§
18301etseq.Moreover,theBoard'sactionswerearbitraryandcapricious
TheParties
andclearlyexceededitsauthority.2.WMATAisaregionalinstrumentalityandagencyoftheStateofMaryland,the-DistrictofColumbia,andtheCommonwealthofVirginiathatwascreatedandisgovernedbytheWashingtonMetropolitanAreaTransitCompact,asamended,(the"Compact").'ThepurposeofWMATAistocoordinatetheoperationoftransitserviceswithintheWashington,D.C.metropolitanarea.3.Local2,isaffiliatedwiththeOfficeandProfessionalEmployeesInternationalUnion,AFL-CIOwhosemembersareemployedbytheAuthority.
Jurisdiction"andVenue
4.TheStandardsAct,40U.S.C.
§
18~04(c),givesapartytherighttoseekjudicialreviewofanarbitrationaward,includingonthegroundsthat"theawardisinviolationofapplicablelaw,""thearbitratorexceededthearbitrator'spowers;""thedecisionbythearbitratorwasarbitraryand
capricious;"
and"thearbitratordidnotcomplywiththeprovisionsofsection18303ofthistitle."
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ForlegislationbyCongress,seeP.L.89-774,80Sta.1324(1966);P.L.92-34:9,86Stat.464(1972);P.L.92-517,86Stat.999(1972);P.L.94-306,90Stat.672(1976);P.L.100-285,102Stat.82(1988);P.L.104-332,110Stat.3884(1996);P.L.105-151,111Stat.2686(1997).
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5..TheCourthasoriginaljurisdictionoverthisactionunder
§
81oftheWMATACompact(the"Compact").codifiedatD.C.Code
§
9-1107.10.6.VenueinthisCourtisproperpursuanttotheCompactandbecausetheparties
GoverningLegalAuthorities
haveasubstantialpresenceinthisjudicialdistrict.7.TheCompactprovidesthatWMATAis"aninstrumentalityandagencyofeachof.thesignatories...whichshallbeabodycorporateandpolitic,and.;.shallhavethepowersanddutiesgrantedhereinandsuchadditionalpowersasmayhereafterbeconferredupon
it
pursuanttolaw;"Compactat
§
4.8.ThegeneralpowersofWMATAareenuriIeratedinSection12oftheCompact.Thosegeneralpowersinclude
its
authorityto"createandabolishoffices.employmentsandpositions(other
than
thosespecificallyprovidedfor[intheCompact])asitdeemsnecessaryfor
-
.
thepurposesoftheAuthority...[and]contractfororemployanyprofessionalservices...[and]9.TheCompactprovidesthattheAuthority"shalldealwithandenterintowritten[e]xercise...allpowersreasonablynecessaryoressentialtothedeclaredobjectsandpurposesofthisTitle."Compact
§
12(g),(i),(m).contractswithemployeesasdefinedinSection152ofTitle29,UnitedStatesCode,throughaccreditedrepresentativesofsuch-employeesorrepresentativesofanylabororganizationauthorizedtoactforsuchemployeesconcerningwages,salaries,hours,workingconditions,andpensionorretirementprovisions."Compactat
§
66(b).
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