19:0248(30)AR - VA, St. Louis, MO and AFGE Local 2192 -- 1985 FLRAdec AR



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19:0248(30)AR
The decision of the Authority follows:


 19 FLRA No. 30
 
 VETERANS ADMINISTRATION,
 ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI
 Activity
 
 and
 
 AMERICAN FEDERATION OF
 GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, LOCAL 2192
 Union
 
                                            Case No. O-AR-956
 
                                 DECISION
 
    This matter is before the Authority on exceptions to the award of
 Arbitrator Thomas J. Erbs filed by the Union under section 7122(a) of
 the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute and part 2425 of
 the Authority's Rules and Regulations.
 
    The following grievance was filed and submitted to arbitration:
 
          Pursuant to Article 13, Section 2B of the Master Agreement
       between the Veterans Administration and the American Federation of
       Government Employees, Local 2192 hereby grieves the performance
       standard for production set by management for the position of
       Veterans Claims Examiner.
 
 The Arbitrator determined that the grievance was arbitrable, but he
 denied the grievance on the merits.
 
    In its exceptions the Union contends that the award is contrary to
 applicable regulations.  Because the Authority has determined, for the
 reasons which follow, that the grievance was not arbitrable, it need not
 address or resolve the Union's exceptions.  See, e.g., Veterans
 Administration Medical Center, Kerrville, Texas and American Federation
 of Government Employees, AFL-CIO, Local 2281, 15 FLRA No. 22 (1984).
 
    The Authority has uniformly found deficient, as contrary to
 management's rights to direct employees and to assign work under section
 7106(a)(2)(A) a