U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts and American Federation of Government Employees, Local 2143

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55 FLRA No. 142

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF VETERAN AFFAIRS
MEDICAL CENTER
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS
(Agency)

and

AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT
EMPLOYEES, LOCAL 2143
(Union)

0-AR-3200

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DECISION

September 23, 1999

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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 an exception to an award of Arbitrator Marsha M. Saylor filed by the Agency under section 7122(a) of the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute (the Statute) and part 2425 of the Authority's Regulations. The Union filed an opposition to the Agency's exception.

      Under section 7122(a) of the Statute, an award is deficient if it is contrary to any law, rule, or regulation; or it is deficient on other grounds similar to those applied by Federal courts in private sector labor-management relations. Upon careful consideration of the entire record in this case, and Authority precedent, the Authority concludes that the award is not deficient on the ground raised in the exception and set forth in section 7122(a). See U.S. Department of the Air Force, Lowry Air Force Base, Denver, Colorado and National Federation of Federal Employees, Lo