American Federation of Government Employees, Local 520 (Union) and United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Regional Office, Columbia, South Carolina (Agency)

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63 FLRA No. 37

AMERICAN FEDERATION
OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES
LOCAL 520
(Union)

and

UNITED STATES
DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
REGIONAL OFFICE
COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA
(Agency)

0-AR-4380

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DECISION

February 3, 2009

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Before the Authority: Thomas M. Beck, Chairman and
Carol Waller Pope, Member

      This matter is before the Authority on exceptions to an award of Arbitrator Samuel J. Nicholas, Jr. filed by the Union under § 7122(a) of the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute (the Statute) and part 2425 of the Authority's Regulations. The Agency did not file an opposition to the Union's exceptions.

      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 th