28:1085(140)AR - AFGE, LOCAL 987 VS AIR FORCE, AFLC, AIR FORCE BASE
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The decision of the Authority follows:
28 FLRA NO. 140
AIR FORCE LOGISTICS COMMAND, ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE Activity and AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES LOCAL 987 Union Case No. 0-AR-1394
I. Statement of the Case
This matter is before the Authority on exceptions to the award of Arbitrator James E. Fulford 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.
For the reasons stated below, we deny the exceptions.
II. Background and Arbitrator's Award
The grievant was suspended for 14 days for insubordinate defiance of authority for leaving work early after being advised by her supervisor that she must remain until the end of the work period, for leaving work on 3 days without permission, and for failing to return to work on another day. A grievance was filed which was submitted to arbitration on the issue of whether the suspension was for just cause. As his award, the Arbitrator found that the suspension was for just cause, and he denied the grievance.
In its exceptions the Union contends that the award is based on a nonfact and is contrary to the intent and purpose of the parties' collective bargaining agreement.
We conclude that the Union 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 it is deficient on other grounds similar to those applied by Federal courts in private sector labor relations cases. See, for example, General Services Administration and American Federation of Government Employees, Council 236, 15 FLRA 328 (198