29:0877(63)CA - VA Medical Center, Kansas City, MO and AFGE Local 2663 -- 1987 FLRAdec CA



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29:0877(63)CA
The decision of the Authority follows:


29 FLRA No. 63

VETERANS ADMINISTRATION MEDICAL
CENTER, KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI

                       Activity

          and

AMERICAN FEDERATION OF
GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES,
LOCAL 2663

                    Union

Case No. O-AR-1400

DECISION

I. Statement of the case

This matter is before the Authority on exceptions to the award of Arbitrator Russell C. Neas filed by the Union under section 7122(a) of the Federal Service Labor - Management Relations 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 5 days for being insolent, abusive, and using obscene language to a management official. A grievance was filed and submitted to arbitration where the Arbitrator stated the issue to be whether the Activity had just and sufficient cause to suspend the grievant. The Arbitrator found that there was just and sufficient cause to discipline the grievant and that the 5-day suspension was an appropriate penalty. Accordingly, he denied the grievance.

III. Discussion

In its exceptions the Union contends that the award is deficient because the Activity failed to sustain its disciplinary action. The Union argues that the Activity failed to present a