American Federation of Government Employees, Local 2955 and The Adjutant General of Iowa, The National Guard of Iowa

 



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02:0323(41)AR
The decision of the Authority follows:


 2 FLRA No. 41
 
 AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT
 EMPLOYEES, LOCAL 2955
 
 and
 
 THE ADJUTANT GENERAL OF IOWA,
 THE NATIONAL GUARD OF IOWA
 
                                            FLRC No. 78A-138
 
                 DECISION ON APPEAL FROM ARBITRATION AWARD
 
                            BACKGROUND OF CASE
 
    THIS APPEAL AROSE AS THE RESULT OF AN ARBITRATOR'S AWARD DIRECTING
 THAT THE GRIEVANT BE PROMOTED RETROACTIVELY WITH BACKPAY.
 
    BASED ON THE FINDINGS OF THE ARBITRATOR AND THE ENTIRE RECORD, IT
 APPEARS THAT THIS MATTER AROSE WHEN THE GRIEVANT, A REPROMOTION
 ELIGIBLE, ALLEGED THAT THE ACTIVITY HAD VIOLATED THE PARTIES' COLLECTIVE
 BARGAINING AGREEMENT WHEN ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS OPPORTUNITIES FOR
 PROMOTION AROSE BUT HE WAS NOT GIVEN SPECIAL CONSIDERATION FOR PROMOTION
 TO THOSE POSITIONS AS REQUIRED BY THE AGREEMENT.  HE FILED A GRIEVANCE,
 AND IN THE ENSUING STEPS OF THE GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE THE ACTIVITY
 ADMITTED THAT, IN AT LEAST ONE INSTANCE, ADMINISTRATIVE OVERSIGHT
 RESULTED IN THE GRIEVANT'S NAME NOT BEING REFERRED FOR SPECIAL
 CONSIDERATION.  THE ACTIVITY ASSURED THE GRIEVANT THAT HE WOULD RECEIVE
 SPECIAL CONSIDERATION IN THE FUTURE.  HOWEVER, THE GRIEVANT PURSUED HIS
 GRIEVANCE AND IT WAS ULTIMATELY SUBMITTED ARBITRATION.
 
                          THE ARBITRATOR'S AWARD
 
    THE ARBITRATOR CONCLUDED THAT THE "GRIEVANT HAS . . . BEEN WRONGED,
 EVEN IF ONLY BY OVERSIGHT." AS A REMEDY, THE ARBITRATOR FOUND THE
 GRIEVANT ENTITLED TO IMMEDIATE PROMOTION, WITH BACKPAY, TO ANY VACANCY
 FOR WHICH HE WAS QUALIFIED OR COULD BE TRAINED, AND WHICH HAD OCCURRED
 SINCE THE DATE OF THE EXECUTION OF THE NEGOTIATED AGREEMENT.
 
                              AGENCY'S APPEAL
 
    THE AGENCY FILED A PETITION FOR REVIEW OF THE ARBITRATOR'S AWARD WITH
 THE FEDERAL LABOR RELATION COUNCIL.  THIS CASE WAS PENDING BEFORE THE
 COUNCIL ON DECEMBER 31, 1978.  IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 2400.5 OF THE
 TRANSITION RULES OF THE FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY(44 FED.REG.
 44741) AND SECTION 7135(B) OF THE FEDERAL SERVICE LABOR-MANAGEMENT
 RELATIONS STATUTE(92 STAT. 1215), THE RULES OF PROCEDURE OF THE COUNCIL,
 5 C.F.R. PART 2411(1978), REMAIN OPERATIVE WITH RESPECT TO THE PRESENT
 CASE, EXCEPT THAT THE WORD "AUTHORITY" IS SUBSTITUTED, AS APPROPRIATE,
 WHEREVER THE WORD "COUNCIL" APPEARS IN SUCH RULES.
 
    PURSUANT TO SECTION 2411.32 OF THE RULES AS SO AMENDED, THE AUTHORITY
 ACCEPTED THE AGENCY'S PETITION FOR REVIEW INSOFAR AS IT RELATED TO THE
 AGENCY'S EXCEPTION WHICH ALLEGED THAT THE AWARD VIOLATES APPROPRIATE
 REGULATION, NAMELY THE FEDERAL PERSONNEL MANUAL.  IN ADDITION, PURSUANT
 TO SECTION 2411.47(F) OF THE AMENDED RULES, THE AUTHORITY GRANTED THE
 AGENCY'S REQUEST FOR A STAY OF THE AWARD PENDING DETERMINATION OF THE
 APPEAL.
 
                                  OPINION
 
    SECTION 2411.37(A) OF THE AMENDED RULES OF PROCEDURE PROVIDES THAT:
 
    (A) AN AWARD OF AN ARBITRATOR SHALL BE MODIFIED, SET ASIDE IN WHOLE
 OR IN PART, OR REMANDED
 
    ONLY ON GROUNDS THAT THE AWARD VIOLATES APPLICABLE LAW, APPROPRIATE
 REGULATION, OR THE ORDER,
 
    OR OTHER GROUNDS SIMILAR TO THOSE APPLIED BY THE COURTS IN PRIVATE
 SECTOR LABOR-MANAGEMENT
 
    RELATIONS.
 
    AS PREVIOUSLY STATED, THE AUTHORITY ACCEPTED THE AGENCY'S PETITION
 FOR REVIEW INSOFAR AS IT RELATED TO ITS EXCEPTION WHICH ALLEGED THAT THE
 AWARD GRANTING THE GRIEVANT RETROACTIVE PROMOTION WITH BACKPAY VIOLATED
 APPROPRIATE REGULATION.  SINCE THE CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION WAS
 RESPONSIBLE FOR PRESCRIBING REGULATIONS CONCERNING THE MATTERS INVOLVED
 HEREIN, AND SINCE UNDER SECTION 902(B) OF THE CIVIL SERVICE REFORM ACT
 OF 1978(92 STAT. 1224) THIS APPEAL MUST BE RESOLVED AS IF THE CIVIL
 SERVICE REFORM ACT HAD NOT BEEN ENACTED, THE AUTHORITY REQUESTED FROM
 THE OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT (THE SUCCESSOR AGENCY TO THE CIVIL
 SERVICE COMMISSION WITH RESPECT TO THE MATTERS INVOLVED HEREIN) AN
 INTERPRETATION OF CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION REGULATIONS AS THEY PERTAINED
 TO THE ARBITRATOR'S AWARD IN THIS CASE.  THE OFFICE OF PERSONNEL
 MANAGEMENT REPLIED IN RELEVANT PART AS FOLLOWS:
 
    THE GRIEVANT IN THIS CASE, A REPROMOTION ELIGIBLE, ALLEGED THAT THE
 AGENCY VIOLATED AN
 
    EXISTING LABOR-MANAGEMENT AGREEMENT WHEN HE WAS NOT GIVEN SPECIAL
 CONSIDERATION IN THE FILLING
 
    OF SEVERAL POSITIONS.  DURING THE PROCESSING OF THE GRIEVANCE, THE
 AGENCY ADMITTED TO AN
 
    ADMINISTRATIVE ERROR AND, AS A REMEDY, NOTIFIED THE GRIEVANT THAT HE
 WOULD RECEIVE SPECIAL
 
    CONSIDERATION FOR FUTURE VACANCIES FOR WHICH HE QUALIFIED.  HOWEVER,
 THE GRIEVANCE CONTINUED
 
    TO ARBITRATION.  THE ARBITRATOR RULED THAT THE GRIEVANT HAD BEEN
 "WRONGED" AND ORDERED THE
 
    GRIEVANT IMMEDIATELY PROMOTED WITH BACK-PAY TO ANY VACANCY FOR WHICH
 HE WAS QUALIFIED OR COULD
 
    HAVE BEEN TRAINED, AND WHICH HAD OCCURRED SINCE THE DATE OF THE
 EXECUTION OF THE NEGOTIATED
 
    AGREEMENT.
 
    TWO PROVISIONS OF FEDERAL PERSONNEL MANUAL CHAPTER 335 BEAR ON THE
 AWARD.  BOTH WERE IN
 
    EFFECT AT THE TIME THE GRIEVANT FAILED TO RECEIVE PROPER
 CONSIDERATION AND AT THE TIME OF THE
 
    ARBITRATOR'S AWARD.  THE FIRST PROVISION, REQUIREMENT 1 OF SUBCHAPTER
 2, REQUIRED AGENCIES TO
 
    GIVE NON-COMPETITIVE CONSIDERATION TO SPECIAL CONSIDERATION
 CANDIDATES (LIKE THE GRIEVANT)
 
    PRIOR TO FILLING VACANCIES UNDER COMPETITIVE PROCEDURES.
 
    THE SECOND PROVISION, SECTION 4-3(C)(2) OF CHAPT