30:0039(10)AR - VA Medical Center and AFGE Local 85 -- 1987 FLRAdec AR



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30:0039(10)AR
The decision of the Authority follows:


30 FLRA NO. 10
30 FLRA 39

12 NOV 1987


VETERANS ADMINISTRATION
MEDICAL CENTER

              Activity

      and

AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT
EMPLOYEES, LOCAL NO. 85

              Union

Case No. 0-AR-1425

DECISION

     I. Statement of the Case

     This matter is before the Authority on an exception to the
award of Arbitrator Preston J. Moore filed by the Veterans
Administration (the Agency) 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 Agency's exception is denied.

     II. Background and Arbitrator's Award

     The grievant is a Union officer and an employee in the
laundry at the Veterans Administration Medical Center,
Leavenworth, Kansas. On December 4, 1986, the grievant's
supervisor approved official time for the grievant for several
meetings which she was scheduled to attend that day in her
capacity as a Union representative. An afternoon meeting was
cancelled, and the grievant returned to the laundry approximately
30  minutes late. She was charged for being absent without leave
(AWOL) and was disciplined with a written reprimand. The employee
grieved the AWOL charge and the matter was submitted to
arbitration.

     The issue before the Arbitrator was whether the Activity had
just and sufficient cause to discipline the grievant because of
un