27:0949(103)AR NBPC, LOCAL 1929 VS JUSTICE, INS -- 1987 FLRAdec AR
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The decision of the Authority follows:
27 FLRA NO. 103
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, IMMIGRATION AND NATURALIZATION SERVICE, EL PASO BORDER PATROL SECTOR, EL PASO, TEXAS Activity and AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, NATIONAL BORDER PATROL COUNCIL, LOCAL 1929, EL PASO, TEXAS Union Case No. O-AR-1340
I. Statement of the Case
This matter is before the Authority on exceptions to the award of Arbitrator Alfred G. Albert 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. The Union filed an opposition. 1
II. Background and Arbitrator's Award
The Arbitrator identified the issues in this case as whether management violated the parties' collective bargaining agreement when it denied the grievant's request for 8 hours of official time to perform certain representational activities and his request to change his work schedule so he could perform the activities when he otherwise would be in a duty status. The Arbitrator noted that the grievant had originally been scheduled for leave, but requested a change in his work schedule when the representational activities could not be rescheduled. He concluded that the Activity improperly denied the grievant's request to change his work schedule. As his award, the Arbitrator determined that the grievant was entitled to the amount of official time requested and that the denial was contrary to the agreement. He directed the Activity to adjust the grievant's leave balance accordingly.
The Activity contends that the Arbitrator's "belief, that the grievant performed the representational activities while on leave is erroneous and that consequently the Arbitrator's direction that the Activity "adjust (the grievant's) leave balance accordingly, is contrary to the Back Pay Act since there is no leave to be restored.
We conclude that the Activity has failed to establish that the Arbitrator's award is deficient on any of the grounds set forth in section 7122 (a) of the Statute; that is, that the award is contrary to any law, rule, or regulation, or that the award is deficient on other grounds similar to those applied by Federal courts in private sector labor-management relations cases. See, for example, American Federation of Government Employees, AFL - CIO, New York - New Jersey Council of District Office Locals, Social Security Administration and Department of Health and Human Services, Social Security Administration District Office Operations, 7 FLRA 413, 417 (1981) (assertion that the Arbitrator's interpretation of an official time provision of the parties' collective bargaining agreement was based on a "nonfact", constituted nothing more than disagreement with the Arbitrator's interpretation of the agreement and provided no basis for finding the award deficient); Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and National Treasury Employees Union, 12 FLRA 49 (1983) (exception contending that an award of backpay if overtime work was available was contrary to the Back Pay Act was not deficient as alleged because if no overtime was available, the award did not require any payment and was not violative of the Back Pay Act). In this case, if the grievant did not use leave to perform the representational activities for which official time was improperly denied, there is no leave to restore. Accordingly, the Activity's exceptions are denied.
Issued, Washington, D.C., June 30, 1987.
Jerry L. Calhoun, Chairman Henry B. Frazier III, Member Jean McKee, Member
FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY
Footnote 1 In its opposition, the Union contends that the Activity's exceptions which were tim