29:1285(100)AR - SSA, Office of Hearings and Appeals, Kansas City, MO and AFGE Local 1336 -- 1987 FLRAdec AR



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29:1285(100)AR
The decision of the Authority follows:


29 FLRA NO. 100
 29 FLRA 1285

 30 OCT 1987



SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION
OFFICE OF HEARINGS AND APPEALS
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI

                   Activity

              and

AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT
EMPLOYEES, LOCAL 1336

                   Union

Case No. 0-AR-1358

DECISION

     I. Statement of the Case

     This matter is before the Authority on exceptions to the
award of Arbitrator Chandler F. Fizer 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. 1

     II. Background and Arbitrator's Award

     The grievance arose when the grievant, a Union steward, was
granted official time for representational activities in the
Union's office but was denied official time for travel to and
from the office, which was located in a different building. She
was required to use part of her lunch period and 15 minutes of
annual leave for the travel. The issue before the Arbitrator was
whether the Activity thereby violated the parties' National
Agreement and section 7116(a)(1), (5) and (8) of the Statute. The
Union alleged that under the Statute, the agreement and a
past practice at the Activity, the steward was entitled to
official time for the time spent in travel.

     The Arbitrator found that the