Defense Industrial Plant and Equipment Center, Memphis, Tennessee, Assistant Secretary Case No. 41-5904 (DR), FLRC No. 78A-185




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The decision of the Authority follows:


 1 FLRA No. 65
                                            JUNE 15, 1979
 
 MR. JOHN P. HELM
 STAFF ATTORNEY
 NATIONAL FEDERATION OF
 FEDERAL EMPLOYEES
 1016 16TH STREET, N.W.
 WASHINGTON, D.C.  20036
 
                         RE:  DEFENSE INDUSTRIAL PLANT AND EQUIPMENT
                              CENTER, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE, Assistant
                              Secretary Case No. 41-5904(DR), FLRC 
                              No. 78A-185
 
 DEAR MR. HELM:
 
    THE AUTHORITY HAS CAREFULLY CONSIDERED YOUR PETITION FOR REVIEW AND
 REQUEST FOR A STAY OF THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY'S DECISION IN THE
 ABOVE-ENTITLED CASE.  /1/
 
    IN THIS CASE, THE NATIONAL FEDERATION OF FEDERAL EMPLOYEES, LOCAL 259
 (THE UNION), THE INCUMBENT EXCLUSIVE REPRESENTATIVE OF A BARGAINING UNIT
 AT THE DEFENSE INDUSTRIAL PLANT AND EQUIPMENT CENTER, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
 (THE ACTIVITY), FILED OBJECTIONS TO AN ELECTION HELD PURSUANT TO A
 DECERTIFICATION PETITION FILED BY A UNIT EMPLOYEE.  THE UNION OBJECTED
 TO THE PROCEDURAL CONDUCT OF THE ELECTION AND TO CERTAIN CONDUCT ALLEGED
 TO HAVE IMPROPERLY AFFECTED THE RESULTS THEREOF.  IN THIS REPORT AND
 FINDINGS ON OBJECTIONS, THE REGIONAL ADMINISTRATOR (RA) OVERRULED THE
 UNION'S FOUR OBJECTIONS.  FIRST, HE CONCLUDED THAT THE MANNER IN WHICH
 THE AREA ADMINISTRATOR SCHEDULED THE ELECTION (AFTER TH