16:0303(46)AR - VA Medical Center, Hines, IL and Illinois Nurses Association, Hines Local Unit -- 1984 FLRAdec AR
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The decision of the Authority follows:
16 FLRA No. 46 VETERANS ADMINISTRATION MEDICAL CENTER, HINES, ILLINOIS Activity and ILLINOIS NURSES ASSOCIATION, HINES LOCAL UNIT Union Case No. O-AR-473 ORDER DISMISSING EXCEPTIONS This matter is before the Authority on exceptions to the award of Aaron S. Wolff 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. In his award the Arbitrator converted the grievant's /1/ removal for misconduct to a suspension for 90 days. For the reasons that follow, the Authority is without jurisdiction to review the Agency's exceptions and the exceptions therefore must be dismissed. Section 7122(a) of the Statute pertinently provides: Either party to arbitration under this chapter may file with the Authority an exception to any arbitrator's award pursuant to the arbitration (other than an award relating to a matter described in section 7121(f) of this title). As relevant to this case, the matters described in section 7121(f) of the Statute /2/ include matters similar to those covered under 5 U.S.C. 7512 which arise under other personnel systems. Matters covered under section 7512 are specified adverse actions including removal and a suspension for more than 14 days. Under section 7121(f) the review of an arbitration award relating to similar matters that have arisen under another personnel system may be obtained in the same manner and on the same basis as that of a final decision in such a matter raised under applicable appellate procedures. In terms of this case, the award relates to a matter that is similar to those covered under section 7512 and has arisen under another personnel system within the meaning of section 7121(f). See VA Medical Center, Northport, New York v. FLRA, 732 F.2d 1128, 1131 n.6 (2d Cir. 1984); Veterans Administration Medical Center, Chillicothe, Ohio and American Federation of Government Employees, Local 1631, AFL-CIO, 15 FLRA No. 92 (1984). Therefore, the Arbitrator's award relates to a matter described in section 7121(f), and under section 7122(a) exceptions to the award may not be filed with the Authority. Consequently, the Authority is without jurisdiction to review the exceptions and accordingly they are dismissed. Issued, Washington, D.C., October 30, 1984 Henry B. Frazier III, Acting Chairman Ronald W. Haughton, Member FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY --------------- FOOTNOTES$ --------------- /1/ It is not contested that the grievant is a nurse in the agency's Department of Medicine and Surgery who has been appointed under 38 U.S.C. chapter 73. /2/ Section 7121(f) pertinently provides: In matters similar to those covered under sections 4303 and 7512 of this title which arise under other personnel systems and which an aggrieved employee has raised under the negotiated grievance procedure, judicial review of an arbitrator's award may be obtained in the same manner and on the same basis as could be obtained of a final decision in such matters raised under applicable appellate procedures.