19:0887(104)AR - SSA and AFGE -- 1985 FLRAdec AR



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19:0887(104)AR
The decision of the Authority follows:


 19 FLRA No. 104
 
 SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION
 Agency
 
 and
 
 AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT
 EMPLOYEES, AFL-CIO
 Union
 
                                            Case No. O-AR-825
 
                                 DECISION
 
    This matter is before the Authority on exceptions to the award of
 Arbitrator William J. Hannan 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.
 
    A grievance was filed and submitted to arbitration on the issue of
 whether the Activity violated the parties' collective bargaining
 agreement in denying the grievant union official's request for three
 hours of official time for legal research and case preparation for an
 arbitration hearing.  According to the Arbitrator, when the grievant's
 request was denied, she spent three hours of personal nonduty time on
 such preparation.  Noting both section 7131(d) of the Statute and the
 official time provisions of the parties' collective bargaining
 agreement, the Arbitrator determined that the request was reasonable and
 should have been granted.  Accordingly, he sustained the grievance and
 directed as follows:
 
          The Grievant is to be given three hours, with pay, of
       administrative or compensatory time for her personal use at such
       time as mutually agreed to between