39:0576(47)AR - - Navy, Marine Corps Logistics Base, Albany, GA and AFGE Local 2317 - - 1991 FLRAdec AR - - v39 p576

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The decision of the Authority follows:

39 FLRA No. 47









LOCAL 2317




February 14, 1991

Before Chairman McKee and Members Talkin and Armendariz.

I. Statement of the Case

This case is before the Authority on an exception to the award of Arbitrator Jack R. George filed by 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. The Agency did not file an opposition to the Union's exception.

The Arbitrator concluded that the Agency violated the parties' collective bargaining agreement by failing to assign overtime work to the grievants in accordance with the provisions of the agreement. As a remedy, the Arbitrator ordered that the grievants be afforded one future opportunity for overtime work in addition to any overtime work to which they would otherwise be entitled.

For the following reasons, we conclude that the Union's exception fails to demonstrate that the Arbitrator's award is deficient under section 7122(a) of the Statute. Accordingly, we will deny the Union's exception.

II. Background and Arbitrator's Award

The dispute in this matter arose on August 23, 1989, when the Agency received an emergency request to prepare approximately 20 jeeps for shipment. Employees were immediately assigned the job of preparation. Later that day, in order to expedite the project, management required the employees who had already been assigned to the project to work overtime.

A grievance was filed by a group of six employees who believed that they were entitled to the overtime worked on the project on August 23, 1989. The grievance was not resolved and was submitted to arbitration.

The Arbitrator sustained the grievance. The Arbitrator concluded that the Agency had violated the parties' collective bargaining agreement by failing to abide by Article 15, Section 4(b) of the agreement governing the assignment of overtime work.(*)

As to remedy, the Arbitrator stated that, although he was sustaining the grievance, "a monetary remedy to the [g]rievants is not considered appropriate in this situation. It is fairly certain due to the grave situation in the Persian Gulf that much overtime will be incurred in the coming months. Therefore, the decision includes the requirement that the [g]rievants be given an additional opportunity to work overtime above the opportunities which they ordinarily might accrue." Award at 10-11.

Accordingly, as his award, the Arbitrator ordered:

The grievance is sustained.

The [g]rievants [are] to be afforded one opportunity for overtime work above and beyond that which they would be entitled to in the ordinary course of events.

Id. at 11.

III. Union's Exception

The Union contends that the Arbitrator erred by awarding each of the grievants an additional future opportunity to work overtime instead of awarding backpay. The Union requests "that the grievants be compensated for the loss of earnings [to] which they are justly entitled" under the parties' agreement. Exception at 1.

The Union argues, in support of its exception, that the "negotiated agreement would only be further violated if the [A]gency complied with the [A]rbitrator's award" and that to "create special overtime for this purpose could not legally be justified." Id. at 2. Moreover, the Union asserts that as some of the grievants have since been reassigned to other shops within the Agency, the award would require giving those grievants overtime that "justly belonged to other employees." Id. Finally, the Union states that overtime is no longer offered in the division where the remaining grievants work and that "[n]o attempt was made to enforce the [A]rbitrator's award." Id.

IV. Analysis and Conclusions

Under section 7122(a) of the Statute the Authority may find an arbitration award to be deficient (1) because it is contrary to any law, rule, or regulation; or (2) on other grounds similar to those applied by Federal courts in private sector labor-management relations. Although the Union has not stated the specific basis for its exception, we construe