American Federation of Government Employees, Local 1546 (Union) and United States Department of Defense, Defense Logistics Agency (Agency)
65 FLRA No. 173
OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY
ORDER DISMISSING EXCEPTION
May 23, 2011
Before the Authority: Carol Waller Pope, Chairman, and Thomas M. Beck and Ernest DuBester, Members
I. Statement of the Case
This matter is before the Authority on an exception to an award of Arbitrator Kathy Fragnoli filed by the Union under § 7122 of the Federal Service Labor‑Management Relations Statute and part 2425 of the Authority’s Regulations. The Agency filed an opposition.
The Arbitrator found that the Agency did not violate the parties’ agreement when it reassigned the grievant. For the reasons that follow, we dismiss the Union’s exception.
II. Background and Arbitrator’s Award
The Agency reassigned the grievant to a new position. Award at 5-6. The Union filed a grievance challenging the reassignment as contrary to the parties’ agreement. Id. at 6-7. The grievance was unresolved and submitted to arbitration, where the Arbitrator stated the issue, in pertinent part, as follows: “Did the Agency violate the terms of the [parties’] [a]greement when the [g]rievant was involuntarily reassigned . . . ?” Id. at 2. The Arbitrator found that the Agency did not violate the parties’ agreement, and denied the grievance. Id. at 12.
III. Positions of the Parties
A. Union’s Exception
The Union asserts that