National Association of Government Employees, Local R5-136 and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Ralph H. Johnson Medical Center, Charleston, South Carolina

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NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, LOCAL R5-136
(Union)

and

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
RALPH H. JOHNSON MEDICAL CENTER
CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA
(Agency)

0-AR-3123

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DECISION

December 23, 1998

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Before the Authority: Phyllis N. Segal, Chair; Donald S.Wasserman and Dale Cabaniss, Members.

      This matter is before the Authority on exceptions to an award of Arbitrator B. R. Skelton 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 Regulations. The Agency filed an opposition to the Union's exceptions.

      Under section 7