11:0193(43)AR - VA Hospital, Lebanon, PA and AFGE Local 1966 -- 1983 FLRAdec AR



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11:0193(43)AR
The decision of the Authority follows:


 11 FLRA No. 43
 
 VETERANS ADMINISTRATION HOSPITAL,
 LEBANON, PENNSYLVANIA
 Activity
 
 and
 
 AMERICAN FEDERATION OF
 GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES,
 AFL-CIO, LOCAL 1966
 Union
 
                                            Case No. O-AR-259
 
                                 DECISION
 
    This matter is before the Authority on exceptions to the award of
 Arbitrator Alexander M. Freund 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.
 
    The dispute in this matter concerns the Activity's practice of
 excusing bargaining-unit physicians stationed at the outpatient clinic
 substation in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, from serving as medical officer
 of the day (MOD) and from performing other related on-call duties at the
 medical center in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, which duty assignments were
 performed on a rotating basis by bargaining-unit physicians who were
 stationed at the medical center.  A grievance was filed protesting the
 practice that was submitted to arbitration.  The Arbitrator sustained
 the grievance, concluding that the Activity's practice of assigning such
 work to physicians stationed at the medical center and excusing the
 physicians stationed at the clinic substation was an arbitrary and
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