U.S. Army Armament Research and Development Command, Chemical Systems Laboratory Support, Product Assurance Directorate (Edgewood Arsenal) (Activity) and National Federation of Federal Employees, Local 178 (Union) 

 



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03:0296(45)AR
The decision of the Authority follows:


 3 FLRA No. 45
 
 U.S. ARMY ARMAMENT RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
 COMMAND, CHEMICAL SYSTEMS
 LABORATORY SUPPORT, PRODUCT
 ASSURANCE DIRECTORATE (EDGEWOOD
 ARSENAL)
 Activity
 
 and
 
 NATIONAL FEDERATION OF FEDERAL
 EMPLOYEES, LOCAL 178
 Union
 
                                            Case No. 0-AR-1
 
                                 DECISION
 
    THIS MATTER IS BEFORE THE AUTHORITY ON A PETITION FOR REVIEW OF THE
 AWARD OF ARBITRATOR ROBERT J. ABLES FILED BY THE UNION.
 
    ACCORDING TO THE ARBITRATOR, THE GRIEVANT, A GS-12 ENGINEERING
 TECHNICIAN, SOUGHT TO HAVE HIS QUALIFICATIONS RATING UPGRADED FROM
 ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN TO THAT OF A PROFESSIONAL ENGINEER (GENERAL
 ENGINEER) BASED UPON HIS CERTIFICATION BY THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA, IN
 OCTOBER 1975, AS A PROFESSIONAL ENGINEER.  IN MAY 1976 THE GRIEVANT
 FILED THE NECESSARY PAPERS WITH THE ACTIVITY REQUESTING THAT HIS
 QUALIFICATIONS BE UPGRADED.  HOWEVER, BECAUSE THE GRIEVANT'S SUBMISSION
 WAS LOST AND HE HAD TO RESUBMIT IT, THE GRIEVANT'S REQUEST FOR THE
 PROFESSIONAL RATING WAS NOT APPROVED BY THE ACTIVITY UNTIL JUNE 1977.
 SUBSEQUENTLY, WHEN THE ACTIVITY SUBMITTED THE REQUEST TO A HIGHER AGENCY
 LEVEL FOR FINAL APPROVAL, IT WAS DISCOVERED THAT IN DECEMBER 1976 THE
 CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION HAD CHANGED ITS QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS FOR
 THE GENERAL ENGINEER POSITION TO THE EFFECT THAT THE GRIEVANT'S
 CALIFORNIA CERTIFICATION AS A PROFESSIONAL ENGINEER NO LONGER QUALIFIED
 HIM FOR THE GENERAL ENGINEER RATING.  THUS, AS A RESULT, THE GRIEVANT
 DID NOT RECEIVE THE GENERAL ENGINEER RATING.
 
    THE ACTIVITY, TAKING THE POSITION THAT THE GRIEVANT DESERVED THE
 PROFESSIONAL RATING SINCE HE WOULD HAVE RECEIVED IT PRIOR TO THE CHANGES
 IN THE QUALIFICATIONS STANDARDS BY THE CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION HAD THE
 ACTIVITY NOT LOST HIS FIRST REQUEST, INITIATED ACTION TO CONVINCE THE
 CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION TO GRANT THE GRIEVANT'S APPLICATION FOR A
 QUALIFICATIONS UPGRADE OR TO WAIVE THE REQUIREMENTS SO THAT THE GRIEVANT
 COULD BE RATED AS A PROFESSIONAL ENGINEER.  THE CIVIL SERVICE
 COMMISSION, HOWEVER, DENIED THE EFFORTS TAKEN BY THE ACTIVITY ON BEHALF
 OF THE GRIEVANT, NOTING THAT QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS HAD TO BE
 APPLIED UNIFORMLY.  THE MATTER WAS ULTIMATELY SUBMITTED TO ARBITRATION.
 
    THE ARBITRATOR, IN THE OPINION ACCOMPANYING HIS AWARD, NOTED THAT THE
 CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION HAD ADVISED THE ACTIVITY:
 
    IF A GRIEVANCE CONCERNING A QUALIFICATION DETERMINATION IS FILED
 UNDER A GRIEVANCE
 
    PROCEDURE WHICH PROVIDES FOR UNRESOLVED GRIEVANCES TO GO TO
 ARBITRATION, THERE IS NOT BAR T