29:0247(24)AR AFGE, LOCAL 1346 VS HHS, SSA



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29:0247(24)AR
The decision of the Authority follows:


29 FLRA NO. 24


DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND
HUMAN SERVICES, SOCIAL
SECURITY ADMINISTRATION

                   Agency

     and

LOCAL 1346, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF
GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, AFL-CIO

                   Union

Case No. 0-AR-1383

DECISION

I. Statement of the Case

This matter is before the Authority on an exception to the award of Arbitrator Neil M. Gundermann 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, the Union's exception is denied.

II. Background

The grievant is a Field Representative (F/R) in the Agency's Milwaukee District Office and is also a Union steward. In late 1984, management asked the grievant, who was assigned to the West Area, if he would be willing to switch territories with the F/R assigned to the East Area. The grievant declined to switch. Management later proposed that the boundaries of the East Area and West Area be realigned. In his capacity as Union steward, the grievant asked to negotiate on the proposed changes. Because numerous training programs were in progress, no negotiations ever occurred. Additionally, the proposed change in assignment of the two F/Rs was not implemented.

In February 1985, management reviewed its operations and determined