34:0150(33)AR - AU.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE SCOTT AFB, ILLINOIS and NAGE LOCAL R-7-23 -- 1990 FLRAdec AR



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The decision of the Authority follows:


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               U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE
                SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, ILLINOIS

                              and

         NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES
                         LOCAL R-7-23

                           0-AR-1563

			   DECISION

     			January 5, 1990

     Before Chairman McKee and Members Talkin and Armendariz.

I. Statement of the Case

     This matter is before the Authority on exceptions to the
award of Arbitrator Neil N. Bernstein filed by the National
Association of Government Employees (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. Scott Air Force Base (the Agency) did not file an
opposition to the exceptions.

     A grievance was filed contesting a 3-day suspension of the
grievant for insubordinate defiance of authority and a refusal to
comply with proper orders from his supervisor. The Arbitrator
dismissed the grievance because the Union had not timely placed
the issues in dispute before the Arbitrator, as required by the
parties' collective bargaining agreement.

     For the reasons stated below, we deny the Union's
exceptions.

II. Background and Arbitrator's Award

     On Decem