21:0388(50)AR - VA Medical Center, Brockton, Mass. and NAGE, Local R1-25 -- 1986 FLRAdec AR



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21:0388(50)AR
The decision of the Authority follows:


 21 FLRA No. 50
 
 VETERANS ADMINISTRATION MEDICAL 
 CENTER, BROCKTON, MASSACHUSETTS
 Activity
 
 and
 
 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF GOVERNMENT 
 EMPLOYEES, LOCAL R1-25
 Union
 
                                            Case No. 0-AR-990
 
                                 DECISION
 
                  I.  STATEMENT OF THE CASE
 
    This matter is before the Authority on an exception to the award of
 Arbitrator Martin Lubow filed by the Veterans Administration (the
 Agency) 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 dispute before the Arbitrator arose when the Activity notified
 the local union president, the grievant, that official time for his
 representational activities was to be reduced from 100 percent to 15
 percent because of workload demands.  The grievant was instructed to
 return to his duties as a housekeeping aid for 85 percent of his work
 time.  The Arbitrator identified the basic issue in the dispute as what
 was a reasonable amount of official time under the parties' collective
 bargaining agreement for the union president to carry out appropriate
 representational activities.
 
    The Arbitrator issued a nine paragraph aw