22:0012(3)AR - The 438 Air Base Group, McGuire AFB, NJ and AFGE Local 1778 -- 1986 FLRAdec AR



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22:0012(3)AR
The decision of the Authority follows:


 22 FLRA No. 3
 
 THE 438 AIR BASE GROUP, McGUIRE 
 AIR FORCE BASE, NEW JERSEY
 Activity
 
 and
 
 AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT 
 EMPLOYEES, LOCAL 1778
 Union
 
                                            Case No. 0-AR-1013
 
                                 DECISION
 
    I.  STATEMENT OF THE CASE
 
    This matter is before the Authority on an exception to the award of
 Arbitrator Robert H. Mount filed by the Agency under section 7122(a) of
 the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute and part 2425 of
 the Authority's Rules and Regulations.
 
    II.  BACKGROUND AND ARBITRATOR'S AWARD
 
    The dispute before the Arbitrator arose when management directed
 certain civilian employees to pick up debris from the flight line area.
 The Activity claimed that the task was an important safety measure to
 protect aircraft and lives and, moreover, was provided for in the
 parties' collective bargaining agreement.  The Union claimed that the
 performance of the clean-up task by the employees involved was
 unnecessary and was also contrary to the parties' agreement.  The
 Arbitrator found that there was no specific reference to the task in the
 parties' collective bargaining agreement and that the parties disagreed
 as to the intent of their agreement with respect to the task.  However,
 the Arbitrator further found that m