28:0566(68)AR - NFFE, LOCAL 2058 VS ARMY, ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND



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28:0566(68)AR
The decision of the Authority follows:


28 FLRA NO. 68

U.S. ARMY ABERDEEN PROVING
GROUND, INSTALLATION SUPPORT
ACTIVITY

                    Activity

      and

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF FEDERAL
EMPLOYEES, LOCAL 2058

                    Union

Case No. 0-AR-1375

DECISION

I. Statement of the Case

This matter is before the Authority on exceptions to the award of Arbitrator Emer C. Flounders filed by the Agency 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 grievances in this case concern management's cancellation of scheduled overtime for two employees on their regular days off because they were approved for annual leave during the week of their regular day off. The overtime work for which they had been scheduled was then performed by others. The employees disputed the cancellation of overtime and filed grievances which were submitted jointly to arbitration.

The Arbitrator stated the issue to be whether management's actions violated the parties' collective bargaining agreement because the refusal to permit the grievants to work overtime on their regular day off as was originally scheduled violated a binding past practice. After reviewing the positions of the parties on whether there was an established practice of permitting employees to work overtime on their regular day off despite annual leave having been taken during the week, the Arbitrator in effect agreed with the Union. Accordingly, he sustained the grievances stating that management did not have just cause to deny overtime work to the grievants. As his award, he ordered that the grievants be compensated for the overtime denied them.

III. Discussion

In its exceptions the Agency contends that the award is based on a nonfact and conflicts with management's rights under the Statute. Specifically, the Agency argues that the award is based on a nonfact because the Arbitrator failed to find that (1) a past practice existed as alleged by the Union, and (2) there was a rule prohibiting employees from being scheduled for overtime on their regular day off during a week when they were on annual leave. The Agency argues that the award is contrary to management's rights to assign work and to determine the personnel by which agency operations shall be conducted under section 7106(a)(2)(B) because the award precludes management's practice of not permitting employees to work overtime on their regular day off during a week when they were on annual leave.

We conclude that the