United States, Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office, Atlanta, Georgia (Agency) and American Federation of Government Employees, Local 517 (Union)

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58 FLRA No. 79

UNITED STATES
DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS REGIONAL OFFICE
ATLANTA, GEORGIA
(Agency)

and

AMERICAN FEDERATION
OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES
LOCAL 517
(Union)

0-AR-3630

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DECISION

January 31, 2003

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Before the Authority: Dale Cabaniss, Chairman, and
Carol Waller Pope and Tony Armendariz, Members

      This matter is before the Authority on exception to an award of Arbitrator C. Gordon Statham filed by the Agency under § 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.

      Under § 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 t