30:0684(85)AR - SSA and AFGE Local 1760 -- 1987 FLRAdec AR



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30:0684(85)AR
The decision of the Authority follows:


 30 FLRA NO. 85
 30 FLRA 684

 31 DEC 1987


SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION

                   Agency

         and

AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT
EMPLOYEES, LOCAL 1760

                   Union

Case No. 0-AR-1441

DECISION

     I. Statement of the Case

     This matter is before the Authority on exceptions to the
award of Arbitrator Fred L. Denson. The Arbitrator found that the
Agency's reprimand of the grievant for refusing to answer
questions was for just cause so as to promote the efficiency of
the service. The Union filed exceptions under section 7122(a) of
the Federal Service Labor - Management Relations Statute (the
Statute) and part 2425 of the Authority's Rules and Regulations.
We conclude that the Union has not established that the
Arbitrator's award is based on a nonfact or that it is contrary
to law. Accordingly, we deny the exceptions.

     II. Background and Arbitrator's Award

     The grievant was reprimanded for failure to respond to a
supervisor's questions regarding the grievant's alleged
destruction of a parking sign in a private parking garage during
duty hours. The issue decided by the Arbitrator was whether the
grievant's refusal to answer the office supervisor's questions
was justified because the office supervisor had not satisfied the
grievant that she had investigative authority pursuant to the
Agency's Standards of Conduct. The Arbitrator found that the