11:0029(15)AR - Justice, Medical Center for Federal Prisoner and AFGE Local 1612 -- 1983 FLRAdec AR



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11:0029(15)AR
The decision of the Authority follows:


 11 FLRA No. 15
 
 U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE,
 MEDICAL CENTER FOR FEDERAL
 PRISONERS
 Activity
 
 and
 
 AMERICAN FEDERATION OF
 GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES,
 LOCAL 1612
 Union
 
                                            Case No. O-AR-183
 
                                 DECISION
 
    This matter is before the Authority on an exception to the award of
 Arbitrator Gerald Cohen filed by the Agency under section 7122(a) of the
 Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute (the Statute) and
 part 2425 of the Authority's Rules and Regulations.  The Union filed an
 opposition.  In addition, the Office of Personnel Management filed an
 amicus curiae brief and the Union filed a response to the brief.
 
    The dispute in this case concerns whether certain preshift and
 postshift activities of the employees involved constituted compensable
 hours of work.  These activities included reporting to a control center
 to check out keys and detail pouches before proceeding to the duty
 station for the commencement of the eight-hour tour of duty.  On
 completion of the tour of duty, the employees returned to the control
 center in order to check in the keys and pouches.  A grievance was filed
 and ultimately submitted to arbitration claiming overtime compensation
 for the time spent on these activities.
 
    As to the time spe