27:0974(108)AR AFGE, LOCAL UNION 85 VS VA MEDICAL CENTER -- 1987 FLRAdec AR


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The decision of the Authority follows:


27 FLRA NO. 108

VETERANS ADMINISTRATION MEDICAL
CENTER, LEAVENWORTH, KANSAS

              Activity

      and

AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT
EMPLOYEES, LOCAL UNION 85

              Union

Case No. O-AR-1342

DECISION

I. Statement of the Case

This matter is before the Authority on exceptions to the award of Arbitrator Andrew L. Springfield filed by the Union 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

A grievance was filed and submitted to arbitration claiming that management violated the parties' Master Agreement by responding untimely to the grievance, and by improperly appraising the grievant's performance for the year as "Highly Satisfactory" rather than the "Outstanding". The Arbitrator determined that the Agency's response was not untimely and, therefore, denied that aspect of the grievance. He further determined that the Activity violated the agreement by using the grievant's evaluation for the previous year as the basis for the disputed appraisal. However, the Arbitrator concluded that this did not mean that the 'Highly Satisfactory' rating was wrong. As his award, he ordered the Activity to reappraise the grievant's performance in compliance with the agreeme