A. The procedures used to conduct the arbitration shall be determined by the arbitrator. The Union will be entitled to have one (1) representative and one (1) technical advisor at each hearing. With respect to other attendees, the parties agree to follow practices in existence as of June 10, 1980.
B. The arbitrator's fees and expenses will be shared equally by the parties.
C. If the Administration requests a transcript, the Administration will bear the entire cost of such transcript and will furnish one copy to the Union.
D. The arbitration hearing shall be held, if possible, on government controlled property at or near the city where the dispute arose, unless the parties agree to hold the meeting elsewhere.
E. The parties agree to keep the number of witnesses to a reasonable number. If the Union proposes more witnesses than the Administration considers reasonable and the arbitrator concurs, the costs of those unreasonably proposed witnesses shall be borne by the Union.
F. The arbitrator's decision shall be final and binding. In other than expedited cases, the arbitrator shall make specific finding of fact(s) based on the evidentiary record. However, either party may file an exception to the arbitrator's award in accordance with applicable law and regulations. The arbitrator will be requested to render the decision as quickly as possible, but in any event not later than thirty (30) days after the conclusion of the hearing, unless the parties mutually agree to extend the time limit.
G. If the arbitration award is unclear to either party, the award shall be returned to the arbitrator for clarification.
Section 6--Effect of Arbitrator's Award
The arbitrator shall have no power to add to, subtract from, disregard, alter, or modify any terms of this agreement.
Section 7--Expedited Arbitration Procedures
The following expedited arbitration procedure is hereby adopted with respect to any grievance which involves:
-An employee's formal performance appraisal, other than demotions or removals for unacceptable performance under 5 U.S.C. Chapter 43;
-Final decision to withhold a within-grade salary increase;
-Reprimands and suspensions of 14 days or less;
-Action imposing sick leave restriction;