30:0344(42)AR - NAGE Local R4-2 and Navy, Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair, Newport News, Virginia -- 1987 FLRAdec AR



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30:0344(42)AR
The decision of the Authority follows:


30 FLRA NO. 42
30 FLRA 344

30 NOV 1987

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF GOVERNMENT
EMPLOYEES, LOCAL R4-2

                   Union

         and

DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY
SUPERVISOR OF SHIPBUILDING,
CONVERSION AND REPAIR
NEWPORT NEWS, VIRGINIA

                   Activity

Case No. 0-AR-1384

DECISION

     I. Statement of the Case

     This matter is before the Authority on exceptions to the
award of Arbitrator Leroy S. Merrifield, 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. For the reasons discussed below, we deny
the exceptions.

     II. Background and Arbitrator's Award

     The issue before the Arbitrator was whether the Activity
violated the parties' collective bargaining agreement by having a
representative of the Civilian Personnel Office present with the
grievant's immediate supervisor at a meeting at the first step of
a grievance. The Union contended that under the parties'
negotiated grievance procedures the only persons who are
permitted to be present at first-step meetings are the immediate
supervisor, the employee and the employee's Union representative.
The union maintained that the supervisor's insistence that the
personnel specialist be