27:0648(74)AR - NTEU and Customs Service, Pacific Region -- 1987 FLRAdec AR



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27:0648(74)AR
The decision of the Authority follows:


 27 FLRA No. 74
 
 NATIONAL TREASURY EMPLOYEES UNION
 Union
 
 and
 
 UNITED STATES CUSTOMS SERVICE, 
 PACIFIC REGION
 Activity
 
                                            Case No. 0-AR-1326
 
                                 DECISION
 
                         I.  Statement of the Case
 
    This matter is before the Authority on an exception to the award of
 Arbitrator Sara Adler filed by the Activity under section 7122(a) of the
 Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute (the Statute) and
 part 2425 of the Authority's Rules and Regulations.
 
                  II.  Background and Arbitrator's Award
 
    The grievant was suspended for 14 days based on three separate
 incidents:  (1) sleeping on duty;  (2) refusing to accept a 3-month
 detail because of personal hardship;  and, (3) giving improper advice to
 his supervisor's secretary.  A grievance was filed contesting the
 suspension and the matter was submitted to arbitration.
 
    The Arbitrator found as to the first incident that because the
 alleged sleeping on duty occurred 5 months before the discipline was
 imposed and there was no recurrence, it was clearly an isolated incident
 and the facts, "considered in their totality," were too weak to support
 a suspension.  The Arbitrator found as to the second incident that
 although the Activity had a right not to take personal hardship into
 acc