34:0687(118)AR - - Naval Ordnance Station of Louisville, KY and IAM, Local Lodge 830 - - 1990 FLRAdec AR - - v34 p687
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The decision of the Authority follows:
34 FLRA No. 118
FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY
NAVAL ORDNANCE STATION OF LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY
INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MACHINISTS AND
LOCAL LODGE 830
February 1, 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 W. Scott Thomson. The Arbitrator denied the grievance over the 3-day suspension of the grievant for failure to report for mandatory overtime assignments.
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, AFL-CIO, Local Lodge 830 (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 Naval Ordnance Station of Louisville, Kentucky (the Activity) did not file an opposition to the Union's exceptions.
For the reasons discussed below, we conclude that the Union's exceptions provide no basis for finding the award deficient. Accordingly, we will deny the exceptions.
II. Background and Arbitrator's Award
The grievant is a supply clerk in the Activity's stock management branch. On May 20, 1985, all employees in the stock management branch were informed of mandatory overtime to be worked on May 29 - June 1. The grievant submitted three requests to be relieved from the mandatory overtime assignments for unspecified "personal" reasons. Arbitrator's Award at 5-6. All the grievant's requests were denied because he failed to specify the personal hardship that would be caused by working the overtime assignments.
When the grievant failed to work the overtime assignments, he was suspended for 3 days. He filed a grievance over the suspension, and the grievance was submitted to arbitration.
The grievant argued that the parties' collective bargaining agreement did not require him to explain his personal reasons for not working the overtime assignments because such an explanation would violate his personal privacy. The Arbitrator rejected the grievant's argument. The Arbitrator determined that the agreement requires employees requesting relief from overtime assignments to provide a reasonable explanation to support their requests. Therefore, the Arbitrator ruled that the Activity justifiably required an explanation from the grievant. Because the grievant never provided the required explanation, the Arbitrator denied the grievance.