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The decision of the Authority follows:


54 FLRA No. 51

FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY

WASHINGTON, D.C.

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AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES

LOCAL 2408

(Union)

and

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

MEDICAL CENTER

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO

(Agency)

0-AR-3059

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DECISION

June 30, 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 Richard L. Kanner 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 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, the Authority concludes that the award is not deficient on any of the grounds raised in the exceptions and set forth in section 7122(a).(*)

Accordingly, the Union's exceptions are denied.




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*/ The Union's exception that the award conflicts with section 7114(a)(5)(B) of the Statute is unsupported. The Arbitrator found that the Agency did not violate the parties' agreement by permitting a labor relations specialist to attend certain grievance meetings. Section 7114(a)(5)(B), by its terms, concerns an employee's right to exercise grievance and appeal rights, a matter that is unrelated to this grievance. Similarly, the Agency's reliance on section 7114(a)(2)(A) of the Statute is misplaced because that section concerns a union's right to be represented at "formal discussions," a matter that also is unrelated to the grievance.