32:1156(154)AR - - Army Materials and Mechanics Research Center and AFGE Local 3404 - - 1988 FLRAdec AR - - v32 p1156



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32:1156(154)AR
The decision of the Authority follows:


32 FLRA No. 154

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY

WASHINGTON, D.C.

 

ARMY MATERIALS AND MECHANICS

RESEARCH CENTER

Activity

and 

AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT

EMPLOYEES, LOCAL 3404

Union

Case No. 0-AR-1542

DECISION

I. Statement of the Case

This matter is before the Authority on exceptions to the award of Arbitrator Blanca E. Torres. The grievant filed a grievance protesting his suspension for 14 days. The Arbitrator found that the 14-day suspension of the grievant was supported by substantial evidence. Therefore, the Arbitrator sustained the discipline and denied the grievance.

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 Activity did not file an opposition.

We conclude that the Union has not established that the Arbitrator's award is deficient on any of the grounds set forth in section 7122(a) of the Statute. Accordingly, we will deny the exceptions.

II. Background and Arbitrator's Award

The grievant was suspended for 14 days for "creating a disturbance resulting in an adverse effect on morale, production and maintenance of proper discipline." Arbitrator's Award at 3. Specifically, while the grievant was cleaning a paint brush against the inside of a can of paint, the contents of the can landed on the grievant's supervisor. Because of two earlier confrontations the grievant had with this supervisor during the day of the incident, the Activity charged that the incident was intentional on the part of the grievant rather than accidental. The grievant filed a grievance protesting the suspension. The grievance was submitted to arbitration on the issue of whether substantial evidenc