32:1078(148)AR - - VA Medical Center, Birmingham, AL and AFGE Local 2207 - - 1988 FLRAdec AR - - v32 p1078



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32:1078(148)AR
The decision of the Authority follows:


32 FLRA No. 148

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY

WASHINGTON, D.C.

 

VETERANS ADMINISTRATION MEDICAL

CENTER, BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA

Activity

and 

AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT

EMPLOYEES, LOCAL 2207

Union

Case No. O-AR-1547

DECISION

I. Statement of the Case

This case is before the Authority on exceptions to the award of Arbitrator Lloyd L. Byars. The Activity filed a grievance contending that the Union had failed to provide a list of union stewards which specified the area represented by each steward. The Arbitrator determined that the grievance was timely filed and was arbitrable on its merits. On the merits, the Arbitrator directed the Union to submit a current list of stewards and the areas they represent and to inform the Activity of any changes.

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. The Veterans Administration (the Agency) filed an opposition on behalf of the Activity.

We conclude that the Union has failed to establish that the award (1) disregards, or is contrary to, the parties' collective bargaining agreement; (2) is beyond the scope of the Arbitrator's authority; or (3) is contrary to law. Accordingly, we will deny the Union's exceptions.

II. Background and Arbitrator's Award

The Activity filed a grievance claiming that the list of union stewards provided by the Union failed to comply with Article XI, Section 2 of the parties' local collective bargaining agreement. The Activity claimed that the list failed to specify the area represented by each steward, a specification which the Activity claimed was required under the agreement. The grievance was not resolved and was submitted to arbitration.