20:0231(30)AR - VA and NFFE -- 1985 FLRAdec AR



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20:0231(30)AR
The decision of the Authority follows:


20 FLRA No. 30

VETERANS ADMINISTRATION 
Agency 

and 

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF FEDERAL
EMPLOYEES 
Union 

                                                                      Case No. 0-AR-761

                                DECISION

   This matter is before the Authority on an exception to the award of
Arbitrator Robert J. Ables 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 grievance in this case concerns a Union proposal offered during
negotiations for a local supplementary agreement to the parties' master
agreement.  The Activity refused to negotiate contending that there was
no existing obligation to bargain, and as a result a grievance was filed
and submitted to arbitration claiming that in the circumstances
presented, there was an obligation to bargain under the master
agreement.  After examining the relevant provisions of the parties'
master agreement, the Arbitrator determined in the circumstances
presented that under the terms of the master agreement, arbitration was
not available to resolve the grievance.  He noted that in the master
agreement the parties had expressly agreed to resolve such disputes
before the Authority and not by means of arbitration.  Accordingly, as
his award, the Arbitrator denied the grievance.

   In its exception the Union contends that the award is deficient
bec