29:0877(63)CA - VA Medical Center, Kansas City, MO and AFGE Local 2663 -- 1987 FLRAdec CA
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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
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.
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 prima facie case and that the Arbitrator erred by sustaining the suspension on the basis of the [PAGE] credibility of the management official involved in the incident. The Union also argues that the Arbitrator erred by allowing management witnesses other than the management official involved to testify.
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): specifically, that the award is contrary to any law, rule, or regulation or that it is de