15:0894(167)AR - VA Data Processing Center, Hines, IL and SEIU Local 73 -- 1984 FLRAdec AR
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The decision of the Authority follows:
15 FLRA No. 167 VETERANS ADMINISTRATION DATA PROCESSING CENTER, HINES, ILLINOIS Activity and SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION, AFL-CIO, LOCAL 73 Union Case No. O-AR-568 DECISION This matter is before the Authority on exceptions to the award of Arbitrator George E. Larney filed by the Agency under section 7122(a) of the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute and part 2425 of the Authority's Rules and Regulations. The dispute before the Arbitrator in this matter concerned whether the Activity has the right to invoke arbitration to resolve a grievance. The Arbitrator determined that under the parties' collective bargaining agreement which had been negotiated under Executive Order No. 11491 (the Order), the Activity did not have the right to invoke arbitration. As one of its exceptions, the Agency essentially contends that the award is contrary to the Statute. Specifically, the Agency argues that management objected to the continuation of the agreement provisions denying it access to arbitration and that such objection provided management the right under the Statute to invoke arbitration. The Authority concludes that the award is contrary to the Statute.