29:0465(45)AR - AFGE, DLA COUNCIL LOCAL 3953 VS DOD, DLA
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The decision of the Authority follows:
29 FLRA NO. 45 DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY Agency and THE DLA COUNCIL OF AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES (AFGE) AFL-CIO LOCALS LOCAL 3953 Union Case No. 0-AR-1398
I. Statement of the Case
This matter is before the Authority on exceptions to the award of Arbitrator Stanley H. Sergent, Jr. 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. The Agency filed an opposition. For the reasons stated below, the Union's exceptions are denied.
II. Background and Arbitrator's Award
The Union grieved the Agency's alleged violation of the parties' agreement by the Agency's refusal to grant the Union President official time and payment of travel and per diem for his representational duties. The grievance was submitted to arbitration. Prior to a scheduled hearing, the Arbitrator permitted the Union to use the hearing for the purpose of addressing procedural questions relating to witnesses. The issues before the Arbitrator in this case were (1) which, if any, of the witnesses requested by the Union were relevant and necessary to testify in the hearing; and (2) whether those witnesses were entitled to travel and per diem expenses.