19:0392(53)AR - VA Medical Center, Lebanon, PA and AFGE Local No. 1966 -- 1985 FLRAdec AR



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19:0392(53)AR
The decision of the Authority follows:


 19 FLRA No. 53
 
 VETERANS ADMINISTRATION MEDICAL
 CENTER, LEBANON, PENNSYLVANIA
 Activity
 
 and
 
 AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT
 EMPLOYEES, LOCAL NO. 1966
 Union
 
                                            Case No. O-AR-922
 
                                 DECISION
 
    This matter is before the Authority on exceptions to the award of
 Arbitrator John Paul Simpkins 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.
 
    According to the Arbitrator, the grievance in this case challenged
 management's right to reschedule employees working tours of duty from 4
 p.m. to midnight and midnight to 8 a.m. to the day shift for formal
 training.  As a result of the rescheduling, affected employees did not
 receive their normal night differential pay.  The Arbitrator determined
 that the parties' collective bargaining agreement prevented management
 from assigning employees to the day shift for training and that
 consequently the Activity violated the agreement by having done so.
 Accordingly, as his award, the Arbitrator awarded backpay for lost
 earnings to employees who had already received the disputed training
 during the day shift, and he ordered as to such employees who had not
 yet rece