National Guard Bureau, Massachusetts Air National Guard (Activity/Petitioner) and American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO, Local 3004 (Labor Organization/Petitioner)

 



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03:0913(132)CU
The decision of the Authority follows:


 3 FLRA No. 132
 
 NATIONAL GUARD BUREAU
 MASSACHUSETTS AIR NATIONAL GUARD
 Activity/Petitioner
 
 and
 
 AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT
 EMPLOYEES, AFL-CIO, LOCAL 3004
 Labor Organization/Petitioner
 
                                            Case Nos. 1-CU-1
                                                      1-CU-2
                                                      1-CU-3
                                                      1-CU-4
 
              CONSOLIDATED DECISION AND ORDER CLARIFYING UNIT
 
    UPON PETITIONS DULY FILED WITH THE FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY
 UNDER SECTION 7111(B)(2) OF THE FEDERAL SERVICE LABOR-MANAGEMENT
 RELATIONS STATUTE, 5 U.S.C. SECS.  7101-7135, A HEARING WAS HELD BEFORE
 A HEARING OFFICER OF THE AUTHORITY.  THE HEARING OFFICER'S RULINGS MADE
 AT THE HEARING ARE FREE FROM PREJUDICIAL ERROR AND ARE HEREBY AFFIRMED.
 
    UPON THE ENTIRE RECORD IN THE SUBJECT CASES, /1/ THE AUTHORITY FINDS:
 
    THE PARTIES FILED PETITIONS FOR CLARIFICATION OF UNIT (CU) SEEKING TO
 CLARIFY UNITS REPRESENTED BY THE AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT
 EMPLOYEES, AFL-CIO, LOCAL 3004 (AFGE).  /2/ SPECIFICALLY, THE ACTIVITY
 SEEKS TO EXCLUDE FROM THE UNITS EMPLOYEES IN THE FOLLOWING JOB
 DESCRIPTIONS:  AUTOMOTIVE MECHANIC, WG-5823-12 (3 POSITIONS);
 ELECTRONICS MECHANIC (POWER), WG-2614-13;  ELECTRONICS MECHANIC (RADIO),
 WG-261414;  ELECTRONIC MECHANIC (TELEPHONE) WG-2614-13;  ELECTRONIC
 MECHANIC (TELEPHONE), WG-2614-14 (2 POSITIONS);  PNEUDRAULIC SYSTEMS
 MECHANIC, WG-8255-12;  EXPLOSIVE ORDANCE TECHNICIAN, WG-6501-12:
 AIRCRAFT REFUELING VEHICLE OPERATOR, WG-5701-9;  ELECTRONICS MECHANIC
 (COMPUTER), WG-2614-14;  ELECTRONICS MECHANIC (RADAR), WG-2614-14:
 FABRIC WORKER, WG-3105-11;  AIRCRAFT ORDNANCE SYSTEMS MECHANIC,
 WG-6652-12;  ELECTRONICS MECHANIC (FLIGHT SIMULATOR) WG-2614-14;  AND
 ENVIRONMENTAL MECHANIC, WG-12.  /3/ THE ACTIVITY CONTENDS THAT THE
 SIXTEEN (16) EMPLOYEES IN THESE POSITIONS, KNOWN AS SMALL SHOP CHIEFS,
 ARE SUPERVISORS, AND SHOULD BE EXCLUDED FROM THE BARGAINING UNIT.
 CONVERSELY, THE AFGE CONTENDS THAT THE AFOREMENTIONED EMPLOYEES ARE NOT
 SUPERVISORS AS DEFINED IN SECTION 7103(A)(10) OF THE STATUTE INASMUCH AS
 THE DUTIES THEY PERFORM ARE ROUTINE AND CLERICAL IN NATURE AND DO NOT
 INVOLVE THE CONSISTENT EXERCISE OF INDEPENDENT JUDGMENT AS REQUIRED FOR
 A FINDING OF SUPERVISORY STATUS.
 
    THE POSITIONS IN QUESTION ARE ALL LOCATED AT EITHER THE 102ND FIGHTER
 INTERCEPTOR WING AT OTIS AIR FORCE BASE, THE 212TH ELECTRONICS
 INSTALLATION SQUADRON AND THE 101ST TACTICAL CONTROL, SQUADRON AT
 WORCESTER AIR NATIONAL GUARD STATION, OR THE HEADQUARTERS 253RD COMBAT
 COMMUNICATIONS GROUP/267TH COMTAC SQUADRON AT WELLESLEY AIR NATIONAL
 GUARD STATION.  THE 102ND FIGHTER INTERCEPTER WING PROVIDES RESPONSE TO
 FIGHTER INTERCEPTOR AIRCRAFT IN THE DEFENSE OF THE NORTH AMERICAN
 CONTINENT.  THE 212TH ELECTRONICS INSTALLATION SQUADRON INSTALLS,
 MAINTAINS, AND ENGINEERS TELEPHONE COMMUNICATIONS, GROUND AIR
 NAVIGATIONAL AIDS, AND ASSOCIATED SYSTEMS WITHIN A THEATER OF
 OPERATIONS.  THE 253RD COMBAT COMMUNICATIONS GROUP/267TH COMTAC SQUADRON
 PROVIDES EQUIPMENT AND SERVICES IN SUPPORT OF WORLDWIDE UNITED STATES
 AIR FORCE COMMUNICATIONS AND FLIGHT FACILITIES REQUIREMENTS.  SIX OF THE
 SMALL SHOP CHIEFS ARE LOCATED IN THE 102ND, TWO IN THE 212TH, FIVE IN
 THE 101ST AND THE REMAINDER IN THE 253RD.  EACH SMALL SHOP CHIEF HEADS A
 SEPARATE SMALL SHOP, AND REPORTS UPWARD EITHER TO A SECTION
 FOREMAN/SUPERVISOR OR DIRECTLY TO THE DETACHMENT COMMANDER.  THE SHOPS
 ARE MANNED, IN ADDITON TO THE SHOP CHIEF, BY ONE OR TWO JOURNEYMEN
 TECHNICIANS. THE SMALL SHOP CHIEFS ARE AT LEAST ONE GRADE HIGHER THAN
 THE TECHNICIANS ASSIGNED TO THEIR RESPECTIVE SHOPS.
 
    ALTHOUGH THE ACTIVITY'S SMALL SHOP CHIEFS HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR
 MAKING WORK ASSIGNMENTS WITHIN THEIR RESPECTIVE SHOPS, THE REGULATION
 AND SCHEDULING OF SUCH WORK AND THE PRIORITIES GIVEN THERETO ARE
 DETERMINED BY MAINTENANCE CONTROL, WORK ORDERS OR PRODUCTION CONTROL,
 WHICH, FOR THE MOST PART, ARE BASED ON AIR FORCE MAINTENANCE SCHEDULES.
 THE ASSIGNMENT OF WORK TO THE SMALL SHOPS USUALLY FOLLOWS THESE ROUTINE,
 PERIODIC MAINTENANCE PROCEDURES.  THE RECORD INDICATES THE SMALL SHOP
 CHIEFS' SELECTION OF EMPLOYEES FOR SUCH WORK INVOLVES LIMITED
 DISCRETION.  IN THIS CONNECTION, THE RECORD REVEALS SHOP EMPLOYEES ARE
 HIGHLY QUALIFIED, KNOW WHAT IS EXPECTED OF THEM, AND PERFORM THEIR JOBS
 IN ACCORDANCE WITH WORK GUIDELINES SUCH AS AIR FORCE TECHNICAL ORDERS.
 MOREOVER, WHILE THERE IS NO CONSISTENT PATTERN REGARDING THE ASSIGNMENT
 OF WORK TO INDIVIDUAL EMPLOYEES, A NUMBER OF THE EMPLOYEES COMPLETE SUCH
 WORK WITHOUT ANY SPECIFIC ASSIGNMENT OR OTHER INSTRUCTIONS FROM THEIR
 SMALL SHOP CHIEFS.
 
    WITH REGARD TO HIRING, THE RECORD ESTABLISHES THAT EIGHT OF THE SMALL
 SHOP CHIEFS WERE ASKED THEIR OPINION OF AN APPLICANT FOR EMPLOYMENT ON
 ONE OCCASION, AND ANOTHER SMALL SHOP CHIEF TWICE WAS ASKED FOR HIS
 OPINION OF APPLICANTS.  HOWEVER, IT APPEARS NONE OF THESE SMALL SHOPS
 CHIEFS WAS ASKED TO MAKE A RECOMMENDATION FROM AMONG A NUMBER OF
 CANDIDATES, BUT EACH MERELY WAS ASKED ABOUT THE ONE INDIVIDUAL WHO WAS
 EVENTUALLY HIRED.  FURTHER, WITH RESPECT TO PROMOTIONS, WHILE THREE
 SMALL SHOP CHIEFS HAVE RECOMMENDED PROMOTIONS ON ONE OCCASION, THE
 RECORD INDICATES TWO SUCH RECOMMENDATIONS INVOLVED EMPLOYEES WHO HAD
 JUST COMPLETED REQUIR