18:0416(57)AR - VA Medical Center, Kerrville, TX and AFGE Local 2281 -- 1985 FLRAdec AR



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18:0416(57)AR
The decision of the Authority follows:


 18 FLRA No. 57
 
 VETERANS ADMINISTRATION MEDICAL 
 CENTER, KERRVILLE, TEXAS 
 Activity 
 
 and 
 
 AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT 
 EMPLOYEES, LOCAL 2281 
 Union
 
                                            Case No. 0-AR-482
 
                                 DECISION
 
    This matter is before the Authority on an exception to the award of
 Arbitrator I. B. Helburn filed by the Activity under section 7122(a) of
 the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute and part 2425 of
 the Authority's Rules and Regulations.
 
    The dispute in this matter concerns the grievant's claim that she was
 reassigned improperly from a retail cash register position to a
 dishwashing machine position.  The Arbitrator found that the decision to
 reassign the grievant from the cash register position was justified
 because of the grievant's unacceptable performance in that job.
 However, the Arbitrator further found that since the dish machine
 position had been filled in the past by the most junior employees in
 terms of seniority, reassignment of the grievant to that job rather than
 to an intermediate position more consistent with her seniority was an
 unfair departure from past practice and violative of the parties'
 collective bargaining agreement.  As a remedy, the Arbitrator directed
 that:
 
          The