21:0174(27)AR - GSA and AFGE, Council 236 -- 1986 FLRAdec AR



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21:0174(27)AR
The decision of the Authority follows:


 21 FLRA No. 27
 
 GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION
 Agency
 
 and
 
 AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT 
 EMPLOYEES, AFL-CIO, COUNCIL 236
 Union
 
                                            Case No. 0-AR-583
 
                                 DECISION
 
    I.  STATEMENT OF THE CASE
 
    This case is before the Authority on exceptions to the award of
 Arbitrator Louis Aronin under section 7122(a) of the Federal Service
 Labor-Management Relations Statute and part 2425 of the Authority's
 Rules and Regulations.
 
    II.  BACKGROUND AND ARBITRATOR'S AWARD
 
    The issues submitted to arbitration essentially were whether the
 Agency violated Article 5, Sections 3A and 3B and Article 27, Section 10
 of the parties' collective bargaining agreement and section 7131(a) and
 (d) of the Statute by denying payment of travel and per diem expenses
 for union representatives negotiating term and/or mid-term agreements
 and performing other representational functions.  Article 5, Sections 3A
 and 3B provided that union representatives would be granted official
 time for various labor-management relations activities and Article 27,
 Section 10 provided that travel would be provided in accordance with the
 Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute.  The Arbitrator
 found that by agreeing to the provisions involved, the Agency had agreed
 to pay travel and per diem expenses for employees on offic