18:0314(40)AR - Federal Bureau of Prisons and AFGE Local 3690 -- 1985 FLRAdec AR



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18:0314(40)AR
The decision of the Authority follows:


 18 FLRA No. 40
 
 FEDERAL BUREAU OF PRISONS 
 Agency 
 
 and 
 
 AMERICAN FEDERATION 
 OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, 
 LOCAL 3690 
 Union
 
                                            Case No. 0-AR-759
 
                                 DECISION
 
    This matter is before the Authority on exceptions to the award of
 Arbitrator Lawrence Kanzer 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 grievance in this case involves the suspension of the grievant,
 the local union president, for three days for inattention to duty and
 breach of security as a result of a prison inmate having escaped.  Two
 days after management proposed to suspend the grievant, the national
 union council filed an unfair labor practice charge alleging that the
 Activity had violated section 7116(a)(1) and (2) of the Statute by
 proposing the discipline of a local union president, the grievant,
 because the charges were false and without merit and constituted a
 reprisal against the grievant for his union activities.  /1/ Thereafter,
 the Activity decided to suspend the grievant and the grievant filed the
 grievance in this case claiming that the suspension was not warranted
 and solely contending that instead "management is simply harassing a
 union official in an on