Department of the Air Force, National Guard Bureau, The Adjutant General, The State of Arizona (Activity/Petitioner) and American Federation of Government Employees, Local 3046 (Labor Organization)

 



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03:0382(58)CU
The decision of the Authority follows:


 3 FLRA No. 58
 
 DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE
 NATIONAL GUARD BUREAU
 THE ADJUTANT GENERAL
 THE STATE OF ARIZONA /1/
 Activity/Petitioner
 
 and
 
 AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT
 EMPLOYEES, LOCAL 3046
 Labor Organization
 
                                            Case No. 8-CU-1
 
                    DECISION AND ORDER CLARIFYING UNIT
 
    UPON A PETITION DULY FILED WITH THE FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY
 UNDER SEC. 7111(B)(2) OF THE FEDERAL SERVICE LABOR-MANAGEMENT RELATIONS
 STATUTE, 5 U.S.C.  7101-7135, A HEARING WAS HELD BEFORE HEARING OFFICER
 THOMAS R. WILSON.  THE HEARING OFFICER'S RULINGS MADE AT THE HEARING ARE
 FREE FROM PREJUDICIAL ERROR AND HEREBY AFFIRMED.
 
    UPON THE ENTIRE RECORD IN THE SUBJECT CASE, THE AUTHORITY FINDS:  THE
 ACTIVITY FILED A PETITION FOR CLARIFICATION OF UNIT (CU) SEEKING TO
 CLARIFY A UNIT REPRESENTED BY THE AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT
 EMPLOYEES, LOCAL 3046, AFL-CIO (AFGE).  /2/ SPECIFICALLY, THE ACTIVITY
 SEEKS TO EXCLUDE FROM THE UNIT EMPLOYEES IN THE FOLLOWING JOB
 DESCRIPTIONS:  AIRCRAFT MECHANIC, WG-8852-12;  PNEUDRAULIC SYSTEMS
 MECHANIC, WG-8255-12;  AIRCRAFT ELECTRICIAN, WG-2892-11;  AIRCRAFT
 PNEUDRAULIC SYSTEMS MECHANIC, WG-8268-11;  PNEUDRAULIC SYSTEMS MECHANIC,
 WG-8255-11;  FABRIC WORKER, WG-3105-11;  ELECTRONICS MECHANIC (RADAR),
 WG-2614-14;  POWERED SUPPORT SYSTEMS MECHANIC, WG-5378-12;  AUTOMOTIVE
 MECHANIC, WG-5823-12.  THE ACTIVITY CONTENDS THAT THE EMPLOYEES IN THESE
 POSITIONS, KNOWN AND HEREINAFTER REFERRED TO AS SMALL SHOP CHIEFS, ARE
 SUPERVISORY, AND, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SEC. 7103(A)(10) OF THE FEDERAL
 SERVICE LABOR-MANAGEMENT RELATIONS STATUTE, 5 U.S.C. 7101-7135, SHOULD
 BE EXCLUDED FROM THE BARGAINING UNIT.  THE AFGE CONTENDS THAT ALTHOUGH
 THE SMALL SHOP CHIEFS IN QUESTION HAVE ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES AND
 DUTIES AS COMPARED WITH THOSE EMPLOYEES WITH WHOM THEY CLOSELY WORK,
 THEY ARE NOT ENOUGH TO CLASSIFY THEM AS SUPERVISORS.
 
    THE POSITIONS IN QUESTION ARE ALL LOCATED IN EITHER THE 107TH
 TACTICAL CONTROL SQUADRON OR THE 161ST AIR REFUELING GROUP OF THE
 ARIZONA AIR NATIONAL GUARD.  THE 107TH IS A MOBILE RADAR CONTROL UNIT
 DESIGNED TO OPERATE FROM FIELD LOCATIONS ON A SELF-SUFFICIENT BASIS.
 THE 161ST IS A RESERVE UNIT RESPONSIBLE FOR RECRUITING AND TRAINING
 PERSONNEL, MAINTAINING SUPPORT EQUIPMENT, AND MAINTAINING BASE
 FACILITIES FOR A RESERVE FORCE CAPABLE OF AUGMENTING THE STRATEGIC AIR
 COMMAND IN SUPPORT OF AIR REFUELING.  THE ACTIVITY HAS IDENTIFIED 19
 SMALL SHOP CHIEFS IN THE TWO UNITS, BUT SEEKS TO HAVE ONLY NINE
 CLASSIFIED AS SUPERVISORS.  ALL NINE POSITIONS ARE SITUATED WITHIN THE
 CHIEF OF MAINTENANCE COMPLEX.