18:0506(67)AR - VA Medical Center and AFGE Local No. 31 -- 1985 FLRAdec AR



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18:0506(67)AR
The decision of the Authority follows:


 18 FLRA No. 67
 
 VETERANS ADMINISTRATION 
 MEDICAL CENTER 
 Activity 
 
 and 
 
 AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT 
 EMPLOYEES, LOCAL NO. 31 
 Union
 
                                            Case No. 0-AR-794
 
                                 DECISION
 
    This matter is before the Authority on an exception to the award of
 Arbitrator Samuel S. Perry 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 concerns in relevant part the assignment
 of the grievants temporarily to an irregular tour of duty of
 Wednesday-Sunday instead of their regular tour of duty of Monday-Friday.
  A grievance was filed and submitted to arbitration claiming a violation
 of the parties' collective bargaining agreement when the assistant chief
 of engineering service barred the Union vice president from a meeting
 with the grievants on the proposed schedule change.  The Arbitrator
 ruled that the barring of the union official from the meeting violated
 the parties' collective bargaining agreement.  Because he determined the
 violation restricted the Union's opportunity to contribute to the
 discussion of the temporary schedule change, the Arbitrator awarded the
 grievants backpay in the amount of the difference