Drug Enforcement Administration, Boston District Office, Department of Justice (Activity) and American Federation of Government Employees, Local 3679 (Petitioner); Drug Enforcement Administration, Northeastern Region, Department of Justice (Activity/Petitioner) and American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO, Local 3679 and Local 3550 (Interveners)



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04:0088(13)CU
The decision of the Authority follows:


 4 FLRA No. 13
 
 DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION
 BOSTON DISTRICT OFFICE
 DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
 Activity
                                            Case No. 1-CU-11
 
 and
 
 AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT
 EMPLOYEES, AFL-CIO, LOCAL 3679
 Petitioner
 
 
 DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION
 NORTHEASTERN REGION
 DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
 Activity/petitioner
                                            Case No. 1-RA-1
 
 and
 
 AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT
 EMPLOYEES, AFL-ICO, LOCAL 3679
 AND LOCAL 3550
 Intervenors
 
                            DECISION AND ORDER
 
    UPON PETITIONS DULY FILED WITH THE FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY
 UNDER SECTION 7111(B)(2) OF THE FEDERAL SERVICE LABOR MANAGEMENT
 RELATIONS STATUTE, A HEARING ON THE CONSOLIDATED CASES WAS HELD BEFORE A
 HEARING OFFICER OF THE AUTHORITY.  THE AUTHORITY HAS REVIEWED THE
 HEARING OFFICER'S RULING MADE AT THE HEARING AND FINDS THEY ARE FREE
 FROM PREJUDICIAL ERROR.  THE RULINGS ARE HEREBY AFFIRMED.
 
    UPON THE ENTIRE RECORD IN THESE CASES, AND SUBSEQUENT ISSUANCES
 CONCERNING WHICH THE AUTHORITY TAKES OFFICIAL NOTICE, THE AUTHORITY
 FINDS:
 
    THE DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION, NORTHEASTERN REGION, DEPARTMENT
 OF JUSTICE (DEA) FILED THE RA PETITION HEREIN (1-RA-1), ASSERTING THAT
 AS A RESULT OF A REORGANIZATION OF THE DEA, ON OCTOBER 1, 1978, THE
 CHARACTER AND SCOPE OF THE BARGAINING UNITS REPRESENTED BY AFGE LOCALS
 3679 AND 3550 RESPECTIVELY HAS SUBSTANTIALLY CHANGED, AND THE UNITS ARE
 NO LONGER APPROPRIATE FOR PURPOSES OF COLLECTIVE BARGAINING.
 
    THE AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, LOCAL 3679, FILED
 THE CU PETITION HEREIN (1-CU-11), ASSERTING THAT THE BARGAINING UNIT
 REPRESENTED BY AFGE LOCAL 3679 REMAINS APPROPRIATE FOR THE PURPOSES OF
 COLLECTIVE BARGAINING.
 
    AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, LOCAL 3550 AND LOCAL
 3679, HAS INTERVENED IN THE RA PROCEEDING MAINTAINING THAT THE
 BARGAINING UNITS IN WHICH THEY SERVE AS THE EXCLUSIVE REPRESENTATIVE
 REMAIN APPROPRIATE FOR THE PURPOSES OF COLLECTIVE BARGAINING IN SPITE OF
 THE ACTIVITY'S REORGANIZATION.
 
    A REVIEW OF THE RECORD SHOWS THAT ON OCTOBER 1, 1978, A NATIONWIDE
 REORGANIZATION OF THE DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION (DEA), DEPARTMENT
 OF JUSTICE, WAS INSTITUTED.  PRIOR TO OCTOBER 1, 1978, THE
 ORGANIZATIONAL FRAMEWORK CONSISTED OF TWELVE DOMESTIC REGIONS.  THE
 REORGANIZATION CONSOLIDATED THESE TWELVE REGIONS INTO FIVE.
 
    AS OF OCTOBER 1, 1978, THE BOSTON, NEW YORK AND PHILADELPHIA DOMESTIC