DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
VA NORTHERN CALIFORNIA HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, MATHER, CALIFORNIA
Case No. SF-CA-12-0398
AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, LOCAL 1206, AFL-CIO
In May 2012, the Respondent again revised Dr. Letcher’s workload. (Tr. 29). Dr. Sliheet sent Letcher a “revised work assigned” schedule mandating that Letcher “work ½ day shadowing an audiologist and the other ½ day doing clinic tasks.” (Jt. Ex. 23 at 2). Dr. Sliheet provided Dr. Letcher with a list of seventeen approved clinic tasks and nine approved “[i]deas for growing professionally.” (Jt. Ex. 23 at 3). The lists included tasks such as putting in work orders for equipment, purging work orders, clearing answering machines, organizing drawers, reading journals, and creating templates for note taking. (Id.). Dr. Patterson testified that licensed audiologists at the VA routinely perform the duties that were assigned to Dr. Letcher, but she never observed Letcher performing such duties prior to May 2012. (Tr. 57, 68).
The Charging Party/Union also seeks status quo ante relief. Specifically, the Union requests that Dr. Letcher be promoted from a GS-11 to a GS-12 employee, and receive back pay at the GS-12 level from the time she received her state license in November 2012.
Accordingly, I recommend that the Authority adopt the following Order:
WE WILL NOT unilaterally make significant changes to bargaining unit employees’ duties, such as discontinuing patient care duties and/or assigning new duties, without notifying the American Federation of Government Employees, Local 1206, AFL-CIO (Union) and providing it with an opportunity to negotiate, upon request, concerning the impact and implementation of such changes.