14:0642(88)AR - Air Force, Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center, Tinker AFB, OK and AFGE Union Local 916 -- 1984 FLRAdec AR



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14:0642(88)AR
The decision of the Authority follows:


 14 FLRA No. 88
 
 UNITED STATES AIR FORCE,
 OKLAHOMA CITY AIR LOGISTICS CENTER,
 TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, OKLAHOMA
 Agency
 
 and
 
 AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT
 EMPLOYEES UNION, LOCAL 916, AFL-CIO
 Union
 
                                            Case No. O-AR-529
 
                                 DECISION
 
    This matter is before the Authority on exceptions to the award of
 Arbitrator Edmund W. Schedler 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 dispute in this matter concerns the Activity's failure to
 repromote the grievant, a repromotion eligible, to a WG-12 position, the
 grade from which he had been demoted without personal cause and not at
 his request.  The Arbitrator determined that the Activity violated the
 repromotion eligible provisions of Federal Personnel Manual (FPM)
 chapter 335 /1/ and ordered that the grievant be offered repromotion to
 WG-12, retroactive to March 30, 1982, with backpay and benefits.
 
    In one of its exceptions, the Agency contends that the award is
 contrary to the Back Pay Act, 5 U.S.C. 5596.  The Authority agrees.
 
    The Authority has consistentl