Department of Defense, Department of the Army, 193rd Infantry Brigade (Panama) and Panama DOD Employees Coalition) (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO, Local 907; American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO, Local 14; AFGE, Local 1805) and National Maritime Union of America; DOD, Army, Army Tropic Test Center and AFGE Local 14; DOD, Army, Southern Command and AFGE Local 14 and National Maritime Union of America; DOD, Army, Army Communications Command Panama and AFGE Local 14 and National Maritime Union of America; DOD, Army, Army Dental Activity Panama (DENTAC-PAN) and AFGE Local 14; DOD, Army, Army Medical Department Activity Panama (MEDDAC-PAN) and AFGE Local 1805; DOD, Army, Army Medical Department Activity Panama (MEDDAC-PAN) and AFSCME Local 907 and National Maritime Union of America; DOD, Army, Army Medical Department Activity Panama (MEDDAC-PAN) and AFGE Local 14 and National Maritime Union of America




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The decision of the Authority follows:


 7 FLRA No. 73
 
 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE,
 DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
 193RD INFANTRY BRIGADE (PANAMA)
 Activity
 
 and
 
 PANAMA DOD EMPLOYEES COALITION,
 AFL-CIO, CTRP (AMERICAN FEDERATION
 OF STATE, COUNTY AND MUNICIPAL
 EMPLOYEES, AFL-CIO, LOCAL 907;
 AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT
 EMPLOYEES, AFL-CIO, LOCAL 14; AND
 AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT
 EMPLOYEES, AFL-CIO, LOCAL 1805)
 Petitioner
 
 and
 
 NATIONAL MARITIME UNION OF AMERICA,
 AFL-CIO
 Intervenor
                                            Case No. 6-RO-54(P)
 
 
 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE,
 DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
 U.S. ARMY TROPIC TEST CENTER
 Activity
 
 and
 
 AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT
 EMPLOYEES, LOCAL 14, AFL-CIO
 Petitioner
                                            Case No. 6-RO-57(P)
 
 
 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE,
 DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
 U.S. SOUTHERN COMMAND
 Activity
 
 and
 
 AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT
 EMPLOYEES, LOCAL 14, AFL-CIO
 Petitioner
 
 and
 
 NATIONAL MARITIME UNION OF AMERICA,
 AFL-CIO
 Intervenor
                                             Case no.6-RO-63(P)
 

 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE,
 DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
 U.S. ARMY COMMUNICATIONS COMMAND-- PANAMA
 Activity
 
 and
 
 AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT
 EMPLOYEES, LOCAL 14, AFL-CIO
 Petitioner
 
 and
 
 NATIONAL MARITIME UNION OF AMERICA,
 AFL-CIO
 Intervenor
                                            Case No. 6-RO-68(P)
 
 
 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE,
 DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
 U.S. ARMY DENTAL ACTIVITY-- PANAMA
 (DENTAC-PAN)
 Activity
 
 and
 
 AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT
 EMPLOYEES, LOCAL 14, AFL-CIO
 Petitioner
                                            Case No. 6-RO-58(P)
  
 
 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE,
 DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
 U.S. ARMY MEDICAL
 DEPARTMENT ACTIVITY-- PANAMA (MEDDAC-PAN)
 Activity
 
 and
 
 AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT
 EMPLOYEES, LOCAL 1805, AFL-CIO
 Petitioner
                                            Case No. 6-RO-27(P)
 
 
 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE,
 DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
 U.S. ARMY MEDICAL
 DEPARTMENT ACTIVITY-- PANAMA
 (MEDDAC-PAN)
 Activity
 
 and
 
 AMERICAN FEDERATION OF STATE,
 COUNTY AND MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES
 LOCAL 907, AFL-CIO, CTRP
 Petitioner
 
 and
 
 NATIONAL MARITIME UNION OF AMERICA,
 AFL-CIO
 Intervenor
                                            Case No. 6-RO-53(P)

 
 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE,
 DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
 U.S. ARMY MEDICAL DEPARTMENT ACTIVITY
 PANAMA (MEDDAC-PAN)
 Activity
 
 and
 
 AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT
 EMPLOYEES, LOCAL 14, AFL-CIO
 Petitioner
 
 and
 
 NATIONAL MARITIME UNION OF AMERICA,
 AFL-CIO
 Intervenor
 
                                            Case No. 6-RO-59(P)
 
                    DECISION AND DIRECTION OF ELECTIONS
 
    UPON PETITIONS DULY FILED WITH THE FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY
 UNDER SECTION 7111(B) OF THE FEDERAL SERVICE LABOR-MANAGEMENT RELATIONS
 STATUTE (THE STATUTE) A CONSOLIDATED HEARING WAS HELD BEFORE A HEARING
 OFFICER OF THE AUTHORITY.  THE AUTHORITY HAS REVIEWED THE HEARING
 OFFICER'S RULINGS MADE AT THE HEARING AND FINDS THAT THEY ARE FREE FROM
 PREJUDICIAL ERROR.  THE RULINGS ARE HEREBY AFFIRMED.
 
    UPON THE ENTIRE RECORD IN THESE CASES, INCLUDING BRIEFS FILED BY THE
 AGENCY AND THE INTERVENOR, NATIONAL MARITIME UNION OF AMERICA, AFL-CIO,
 THE AUTHORITY FINDS:  /1/
 
    THE LABOR ORGANIZATIONS INVOLVED CLAIM TO REPRESENT CERTAIN EMPLOYEES
 OF THE AGENCY.
 
    IN CASE NO. 6-RO-54(P) AMERICAN FEDERATION OF STATE, COUNTY AND
 MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES, LOCAL 907, AFL-CIO, CTRP (AFSCME, LOCAL 907)
 PETITIONED FOR A UNIT DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS:
 
    INCLUDED:  ALL APPROPRIATED FUND EMPLOYEES /2/ EMPLOYED BY THE 193RD
 INFANTRY BRIGADE,
 
    PANAMA, SERVICED BY THE 193RD INFANTRY BRIGADE, PANAMA.
 
    EXCLUDED:  MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS;  AND EMPLOYEES DEFINED IN 5 USC
 7112(B)(2), (3), (4), (6)
 
    AND (7).
 
    NATIONAL MARITIME UNION OF AMERICA (NMU) FILED AN INTERVENTION
 HEREIN, SEEKING TO REPRESENT THE EMPLOYEES IN THE PETITIONED FOR UNIT.
 
    IN CASE NO. 6-RO-57(P) AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES,
 LOCAL 14, AFL-CIO (AFGE LOCAL 14) PETITIONED FOR A UNIT DESCRIBED AS
 FOLLOWS:
 
    INCLUDED:  ALL PROFESSIONAL, TECHNICIANS AND NON-PROFESSIONAL
 EMPLOYEES OF THE U.S. ARMY
 
    TROPIC TEST CENTER, REPUBLIC OF PANAMA.
 
    EXCLUDED:  ALL MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS AND PERSONNEL OFFICIALS DESCRIBED
 IN 5 USC 7112(B)(2),
 
    (3), (4), (6) AND (7) EXCEPT THOSE IN CLERICAL CAPACITY AND
 SUPERVISORY POSITIONS COVERED BY
 
    PL 96-70 SUBCHAPTER VII, SEC. 1271(2).
 
    IN CASE NO. 6-RO-63(P) AFGE LOCAL 14 PETITIONED FOR A UNIT DESCRIBED
 AS FOLLOWS:
 
    INCLUDED:  ALL APPROPRIATED FUND EMPLOYEES OF U.S. SOUTHERN COMMAND
 LOCATED IN THE REPUBLIC
 
    OF PANAMA.
 
    EXCLUDED:  ALL MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS, SUPERVISORS AND PERSONNEL
 OFFICIALS DESCRIBED IN 5 USC
 
    7112(B)(2), (3), (4), (6) AND (7).
 
    NMU FILED AN INTERVENTION HEREIN SEEKING TO REPRESENT THE EMPLOYEES
 IN THE ABOVE PETITIONED FOR UNIT.
 
    IN CASE NO. 6-RO-68(P) AFGE LOCAL 14 PETITIONED FOR A UNIT DESCRIBED
 AS FOLLOWS:
 
    INCLUDED:  ALL PROFESSIONAL TECHNICIANS AND NON-PROFESSIONAL
 EMPLOYEES OF THE U.S. ARMY
 
    COMMUNICATIONS COMMAND, REPUBLIC OF PANAMA.
 
    EXCLUDED:  ALL MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS AND PERSONNEL OFFICIALS DESCRIBED
 IN 5 USC 7112(B)(2),
 
    (3), (4), (6) AND (7) EXCEPT THOSE IN A CLERICAL CAPACITY AND
 SUPERVISORY POSITIONS COVERED BY
 
    PL 96-70 CHAPTER VII, SEC. 1271(2).
 
    NMU FILED AN INTERVENTION HEREIN SEEKING TO REPRESENT THE EMPLOYEES
 IN THE ABOVE PETITIONED FOR UNIT.
 
    IN CASE NO. 6-RO-58(P) AFGE LOCAL 14 PETITIONED FOR A UNIT DESCRIBED
 AS FOLLOWS:
 
    INCLUDED:  ALL PROFESSIONAL DENTISTS, TECHNOLOGISTS, AND TECHNICIANS
 OF US ARMY, DENTAC
 
    LOCATED IN THE REPUBLIC OF PANAMA.
 
    EXCLUDED:  ALL MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS, NON-PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES AND
 PERSONNEL OFFICIALS
 
    DESCRIBED IN 5 USC 7112(B)(2), (3), (4), (6), AND (7).
 
    IN CASE NO. 6-RO-27(P) AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES,
 LOCAL 1805, AFL-CIO (AFGE LOCAL 1805) PETITIONED FOR A UNIT DESCRIBED AS
 FOLLOWS:
 
    INCLUDED:  ALL REGISTERED NURSES EMPLOYED BY U.S. ARMY, MEDDAC,
 PANAMA.  /3/
 
    EXCLUDED:  ALL OTHER PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES, ALL NON-PROFESSIONAL
 EMPLOYEES, MANAGEMENT
 
    OFFICIALS, AND EMPLOYEES DESCRIBED IN 5 USC 7112(B)(2), (3), (4), (6)
 AND (7).
 
    IN CASE NO. 6-RO-53(P) AFSCME LOCAL 907 PETITIONED FOR A UNIT
 DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS:
 
    INCLUDED:  ALL NON-PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES EMPLOYED BY MEDDAC, PANAMA.
 
    EXCLUDED:  ALL PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES;  MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS;  AND
 EMPLOYEES DESCRIBED IN 5
 
    USC 7112(B)(2), (3), (4), (6), AND (7).
 
    NMU FILED AN INTERVENTION HEREIN SEEKING TO REPRESENT THE EMPLOYEES
 IN THE ABOVE PETITIONED FOR UNIT.
 
    IN CASE NO. 6-RO-59(P) AFGE LOCAL 14 PETITIONED FOR A UNIT DESCRIBED
 AS FOLLOWS:
 
    INCLUDED:  ALL PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES INCLUDING REGISTERED AND
 CERTIFIED TECHNICIANS AND
 
    TECHNOLOGISTS EMPLOYED AT MEDDAC, REPUBLIC OF PANAMA.
 
    EXCLUDED:  NON-PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES, MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS AND
 PERSONNEL OFFICIALS
 
    DESCRIBED IN 5 USC 7112(B)(2), (3), (4), (6) AND (7) AND NURSES
 EMPLOYED AT MEDDAC.
 
    NMU FILED AN INTERVENTION HEREIN SEEKING TO REPRESENT THE EMPLOYEES
 IN THE ABOVE PETITIONED FOR UNIT.
 
    AT THE HEARING, THE PETITIONERS, AFGE LOCAL 1805, AFSCME LOCAL 907
 AND AFGE LOCAL 14, MOVED TO WITHDRAW ALL OF THE INSTANT PETITIONS EXCEPT
 THAT IN CASE NO.6-RO-54(P), TO AMEND THE PETITION IN CASE NO. 6-RO-54(P)
 TO ADD ALL CATEGORIES OF EMPLOYEES SOUGHT IN THE SEVEN PETITIONS THEY
 WOULD WITHDRAW AS WELL AS CERTAIN OTHER EMPLOYEES AS DESCRIBED BELOW,
 AND TO CHANGE THE NAME OF THE PETITIONER IN CASE NO. 6-RO-54(P) TO
 PANAMA DOD EMPLOYEES COALITION, AFL-CIO, CTRP (THE COALITION).  THE
 COALITION, WHICH WAS ESTABLISHED AFTER THE FILING OF THE EIGHT
 PETITIONS, BUT BEFORE THE HEARING, IS COMPOSED OF THE THREE ORIGINAL
 PETITIONERS HEREIN.
 
    THE UNIT ULTIMATELY SOUGHT BY THE COALITION IS DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS:
 
    ALL PROFESSIONAL AND NONPROFESSIONAL APPROPRIATED FUND EMPLOYEES OF
 THE 193D INFANTRY
 
    BRIGADE (PANAMA) AND INDIVIDUALS AND ACTIVITIES LOCATED IN PANAMA AND
 SERVICED BY THE 193D
 
    INFANTRY BRIGADE'S CIVILIAN PERSONNEL OFFICE, EXCLUDING EMPLOYEES
 CURRENTLY REPRESENTED,
 
    PROFESSIONALS WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE DEPENDENT SCHOOLS,
 NONAPPROPRIATED FUND
 
    EMPLOYEES, EMPLOYEES LOCATED OUTSIDE PANAMA, AND EMPLOYEES AS
 DESCRIBED IN SECTION 7112(B)(1),
 
    (2), (3), (4), (6) AND (7) OF THE STATUTE.
 
    THE AUTHORITY VIEWS THE PETITIONERS' MOTIONS TO AMEND THE SCOPE OF
 THE UNIT SOUGHT IN CASE NO. 6-RO-54(P) AND TO CHANGE THE NAME OF THE
 PETITIONER AS A PRE-ELECTION STATEMENT OF INTENT TO JOINTLY SEEK
 CERTIFICATION.  THESE MOTIONS TO CHANGE THE SCOPE OF THE UNIT PETITIONED
 FOR IN CASE NO. 6-RO-54(P) AND TO CHANGE THE NAME OF THE PETITIONER ARE
 GRANTED TO THE EXTENT CONSISTENT WITH OUR DIRECTION OF ELECTION HEREIN.
 /4/
 
    FURTHER, THE AUTHORITY GRANTS THE MOTION TO WITHDRAW THE PETITIONS IN
 CASE NOS. 6-RO-57(P), 6-RO-58(P) AND 6-RO-27(P).  IN SO GRANTING THIS
 MOTION, THE AUTHORITY NOTES PARTICULARLY THE DESIRE OF THE PETITIONERS
 HEREIN, AS A COALITION, TO REPRESENT SUCH EMPLOYEES AS PART OF THE
 OVERALL UNIT AND THE FACT THAT NO OTHER LABOR ORGANIZATION HAS EXPRESSED
 AN INTEREST IN REPRESENTING SUCH EMPLOYEES IN THESE SEPARATELY
 PETITIONED FOR UNITS.  HOWEVER, AS NMU HAS EXPRESSED AN INTEREST IN
 REPRESENTING THE EMPLOYEES ORIGINALLY PETITIONED FOR IN CASE NOS.
 6-RO-54(P), /5/ 6-RO-63(P), 6-RO-68(P), 5-RO-53(P) AND 6-RO-59(P), THE
 AUTHORITY HEREBY DENIES THE MOTION TO WITHDRAW SUCH PETITIONS AND WILL
 ALSO CONSIDER WHETHER EACH OF THESE UNITS ARE SEPARATELY APPROPRIATE.
 IN VIEW OF THE ABOVE DETERMINATIONS, THE AUTHORITY GRANTS THE MOTION TO
 CHANGE THE NAME OF THE PETITIONER TO THAT OF THE COALITION IN EACH OF
 THE OUTSTANDING PETITIONS.
 
    THE COALITION, IN ITS PETITION AS AMENDED AT THE HEARING, SEEKS TO
 REPRESENT A UNIT OF ALL PROFESSIONAL AND NONPROFESSIONAL APPROPRIATED
 FUND EMPLOYEES OF THE 193RD INFANTRY BRIGADE (BRIGADE) AND ITS TENANT
 ACTIVITIES WHICH ARE SERVICED BY THE BRIGADE'S CIVILIAN PERSONNEL OFFICE
 (CPO).  THE UNIT AS SOUGHT WOULD SPECIFICALLY EXCLUDE NONAPPROPRIATED
 FUND EMPLOYEES, EMPLOYEES OF TENANT ACTIVITIES NOT SERVICED BY THE
 BRIGADE CPO, EMPLOYEES EMPLOYED OUTSIDE PANAMA, AND EMPLOYEES ALREADY
 REPRESENTED IN OTHER BARGAINING UNITS.  THE BRIGADE (BY AGREEMENT,
 BRIGADE CPO REPRESENTED THE BRIGADE AND TENANT ACTIVITIES AT THE
 HEARING) AGREES THAT THE UNIT AS SOUGHT BY THE COALITION IS THE ONLY
 UNIT WHICH SATISFIES THE CRITERIA FOR APPROPRIATENESS SET FORTH IN
 SECTION 7112(A)(1) OF THE STATUTE.  NMU, THE INTERVENOR IN FIVE OF THE
 PETITIONS CONTENDS THAT THE UNIT AS SOUGHT BY THE COALITION IS
 INAPPROPRIATE IN THAT THE EMPLOYEES INVOLVED DO NOT SHARE A COMMUNITY OF
 INTEREST AND THE UNIT WOULD NOT PROMOTE EFFECTIVE DEALINGS WITH, OR
 EFFICIENCY OF THE OPERATIONS OF THE AGENCY INVOLVED.  THE INTERVENOR
 CONTENDS THAT SEPARATE UNITS OF EMPLOYEES AT THE TENANT ACTIVITIES, AS
 SOUGHT BY THE ORIGINAL PETITIONS HEREIN, ARE APPROPRIATE WITHIN THE
 MEANING OF THE STATUTE.
 
    UNIT FINDINGS
 
    THE 193RD INFANTRY BRIGADE HAS AS ITS MISSION THE GROUND DEFENSE OF
 THE PANAMA CANAL.  ITS HEADQUARTERS IS LOCATED AT FORT CLAYTON, NEAR THE
 PACIFIC EXTREMITY OF THE CANAL, AND ITS APPROXIMATELY 2,773 CIVILIAN
 EMPLOYEES ARE ASSIGNED AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS ALONG THE 50 MILE-LONG
 CANAL, WITH MOST EMPLOYEES BEING STATIONED AT OR NEAR FORT CLAYTON, AND
 THE MAJORITY OF THE REMAINDER BEING LOCATED AT THE CANAL'S ATLANTIC
 TERMINUS.  THE BRIGADE HAS APPROXIMATELY 21 TENANT UNITS OR ACTIVITIES
 AND A STAFF RELATIONSHIP WITH THE U.S. SOUTHERN COMMAND.  THE CIVILIAN
 PERSONNEL OFFICE OF THE BRIGADE PROVIDES FULL SERVICE PERSONNEL AND
 LABOR RELATIONS FUNCTIONS FOR U.S. SOUTHERN COMMAND AND A NUMBER OF THE
 TENANT ACTIVITIES.  MOST OF THOSE TENANTS UTILIZING THE BRIGADE'S CPO
 ARE UNDER THE TERMS OF SERVICING AGREEMENTS WHICH ARE IN THE NATURE OF
 CONTRACTS BETWEEN BRIGADE AND THE TENANT ACTIVITIES.
 
    THE RECORD REVEALS THAT THE EMPLOYEES SOUGHT BY THE COALITION IN THE
 OVERALL UNIT /6/ ALL WORK IN CLOSE PROXIMITY TO THE PANAMA CANAL.  A
 SUBSTANTIAL MAJORITY OF THEM ARE CONCENTRATED IN AN AREA EXTENDING FROM
 FORT CLAYTON TO BALBOA SOME 5 MILES AWAY.  OF THE REMAINING EMPLOYEES,
 MOST ARE SIMILARLY EMPLOYED IN CLOSE PROXIMITY WITH ONE ANOTHER AT THE
 ATLANTIC TERMINUS OF THE CANAL.  THE RECORD ALSO SHOWS THAT EMPLOYEES OF
 THE BRIGADE AND THE VARIOUS TENANT ACTIVITIES ARE GEOGRAPHICALLY
 INTERSPERSED.
 
    FURTHER, TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT FOR ALL OF THE EMPLOYEES
 SOUGHT ARE BASICALLY DETERMINED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE OR ARMY,
 AND ARE ADMINISTERED THROUGH THE BRIGADE'S CPO.  THOSE MATTERS NORMALLY
 DETERMINED BY GOVERNMENT OR AGENCY REGULATIONS, INCLUDING WAGES, HOURS,
 HIRING, DISCIPLINE, GRIEVANCES, PROMOTIONS, ADVERSE ACTIONS, REDUCTIONS
 IN FORCE, EQUAL EMPLOYMENT, LEAVE POLICY, HEALTH AND LIFE INSURANCE,
 HOLIDAYS, VETERANS PREFERENCE ELIGIBILITY, AND THE VARIOUS ELEMENTS OF
 GOVERNMENT PAY PLANS, ARE SHARED BY THE EMPLOYEES SOUGHT BY THE
 COALITION.  /7/ MOREOVER, THE RECORD INDICATES THAT IN SOME INSTANCES
 THE TENANT ACTIVITIES SHARE THE SAME BUILDING WITH ELEMENTS OF THE
 BRIGADE OR WITH ONE ANOTHER.  THUS, THE MAJORITY OF THE CIVILIAN
 EMPLOYEES OF THE BRIGADE AND THE TENANT ACTIVITIES SHARE CONDITIONS OF
 EMPLOYMENT WHICH DERIVE FROM COMMON LOCATION, INCLUDING WORK FACILITIES,
 EATING FACILITIES, PARKING, COMMUTING, PHYSICAL ADEQUACY OF WORKSITES
 AND THE LIKE.  FURTHER, THERE EXISTS AN INTERRELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE
 MISSION OF THE BRIGADE WHICH IS THE GROUND DEFENSE OF THE PANAMA CANAL
 AND THE SUPPORTING MISSION OF EACH OF THE TENANT ACTIVITIES.  THUS, FOR
 EXAMPLE, DOD DEPENDENT SCHOOLS IS CHARGED WITH THE EDUCATION OF ARMY
 DEPENDENTS, MEDDAC AND DENTAC PROVIDE MEDICAL AND DENTAL CARE FOR THE
 BRIGADE'S DEPENDENTS, TROPIC TEST CENTER EVALUATES MILITARY EQUIPMENT
 BEST SUITED TO THE CLIMATE AND TERRAIN TO BE DEFENDED, AND THE TROOP
 SUPPORT AGENCY, COMMUNICATIONS COMMAND AND MILITARY TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT
 COMMAND PERFORM THE SUPPORT FUNCTIONS WHICH THEIR NAMES IMPLY.
 
    IN VIEW OF THE FOREGOING, AND MOST PARTICULARLY OF THE CLOSE
 GEOGRAPHIC PROXIMITY AND INTERSPERSAL OF THE EMPLOYEES SOUGHT, THEIR
 RELATED MISSIONS, THEIR SHARED TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
 OCCASIONED BY THEIR EMPLOYMENT WITHIN DOD AND ARMY, AND THE COMMON
 CONTROL OVER PERSONNEL MATTERS AND LABOR RELATIONS PRACTICED BY THE
 BRIGADE CPO, THE AUTHORITY FINDS THAT THE EMPLOYEES IN THE PROPOSED
 OVERALL UNIT, CONSISTING OF THE BRIGADE AND TENANT ACTIVITIES SERVICED
 BY THE BRIGADE CPO, SHARE A CLEAR AND IDENTIFIABLE COMMUNITY OF
 INTEREST. FURTHER, THE PROPOSED UNIT, CENTERED AROUND THE CPO WHICH
 SERVICES THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATIVE STRUCTURES AND IS HEAVILY RELIED
 UPON BY BOTH THE BRIGADE AND TENANT ACTIVITY COMMANDERS, WILL PROMOTE
 EFFECTIVE DEALINGS WITH, AND EFFICIENCY OF OPERATIONS OF, THE AGENCY.
 ACCORDINGLY, THE AUTHORITY FINDS THE PROPOSED OVERALL UNIT, CONSISTING
 OF THE BRIGADE AND TENANT ACTIVITIES SERVICED BY THE BRIGADE CPO
 CONSTITUTES A UNIT APPROPRIATE FOR THE PURPOSE OF EXCLUSIVE RECOGNITION.
 
    NOTWITHSTANDING THE APPROPRIATENESS OF THE OVERALL UNIT, THE
 AUTHORITY FINDS THAT THE FIVE UNITS ORIGINALLY PETITIONED FOR IN WHICH
 NMU INTERVENED ALSO TO BE APPROPRIATE.  THESE INCLUDE THE UNITS AS
 PREVIOUSLY DESCRIBED AT BRIGADE (AS ORIGINALLY SOUGHT IN CASE NO.
 6-R0-54(P)), AT U.S. SOUTHERN COMMAND (CASE NO. 6-RO-63(P)), AT U.S.
 ARMY COMMUNICATIONS COMMAND (CASE NO. 6-RO-68(P)), AND FOR CERTAIN
 NONPROFESSIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES AT MEDDAC (CASE NOS.
 6-RO-53(P) AND 6-RO-59(P) RESPECTIVELY).  THUS, THE RECORD REVEALS THAT
 THE BRIGADE AND THE SEVERAL TENANT ACTIVITIES ARE UNDER SEPARATE COMMAND
 AND SUPERVISION AND HAVE CLEAR AND UNIQUE MISSIONS.  BASED ON THE
 DIVERSE FUNCTIONS OF THESE SEPARATE COMMANDS AND THE VARYING SKILLS AND
 QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED TO PERFORM THESE FUNCTIONS, THE AUTHORITY FINDS
 THAT THE EMPLOYEES IN EACH COMMAND POSSESS UNIQUE CHARACTERISTICS AND
 CONCERNS WHICH ARE NOT NECESSARILY COMMON TO OTHERS.  FURTHER, THOUGH
 FULLY SERVICED BY THE CPO, ULTIMATE DETERMINATION OVER PERSONNEL MATTERS
 AND LABOR RELATIONS RESTS WITHIN THE BRIGADE AND EACH OF THE TENANTS.
 ADDITIONALLY, THE RECORD INDICATES THAT EACH OF THE THREE LABOR
 ORGANIZATIONS COMPRISING THE COALITION AND THE INTERVENOR HAVE ENJOYED
 HISTORIC INFORMAL RECOGNITION FOR PURPOSES OF CONSULTATION AND DUES
 CHECK-OFF AT BRIGADE AND THESE VARIOUS TENANT ACTIVITIES.
 
    WHILE THE ABOVE UNITS EXISTED FOR LIMITED PURPOSES, THE AUTHORITY
 VIEWS THEIR EXISTENCE AS INDICATION THAT SUCH UNITS HAVE, IN FACT, BEEN
 FUNCTIONAL WITHIN THE ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT OF THE BRIGADE AND TENANT
 ACTIVITIES.  UNDER SUCH CIRCUMSTANCES, THE AUTHORITY CONCLUDES THAT THE
 EMPLOYEES IN THE FIVE UNITS DESCRIBED ABOVE EACH SHARE COMMUNITIES OF
 INTEREST APART FROM OTHER EMPLOYEES IN ADDITION TO THE COMMON COMMUNITY
 OF INTEREST THEY SHARE WITH OTHER EMPLOYEES ADMINISTRATIVELY SUPPORTED
 BY THE BRIGADE.  SIMILARLY, THE AUTHORITY CONCLUDES THAT EFFECTIVE
 DEALINGS AND EFFICIENCY OF AGENCY OPERATIONS MAY ALSO BE ENHANCED BY
 PROVIDING FOR THE SEPARATE REPRESENTATION OF EMPLOYEES IN THESE SEPARATE
 ORGANIZATIONAL ENTITIES.  IN THIS LATTER REGARD, THE AUTHORITY HAS
 WEIGHED THE MERITS OF THE MORE COMPREHENSIVE OVERALL UNIT STRUCTURE
 REFLECTING THE ADMINISTRATIVE CONFIGURATION OF THE AGENCY AND THE CPO
 AGAINST THE MERITS OF UNITS STRUCTURED AROUND THE SPECIAL OR UNIQUE
 INTERESTS OF DIVERSE GROUPS OF EMPLOYEES WITH VARYING SKILLS,
 QUALIFICATIONS AND MISSIONS, AND HAS CONCLUDED THAT IN CERTAIN
 CIRCUMSTANCES, BOTH ELEMENTS LEND TO EFFECTIVE DEALINGS AND EFFICIENCY
 OF AGENCY OPERATIONS.  THUS, WHILE THE FORMER STRUCTURE MAY ALLOW THE
 AGENCY AND UNION TO OPERATE IN A BROADER AND MORE CENTRALIZED FASHION,
 THE LATTER STRUCTURE ALLOWS THEM TO RESPOND IN A MEANINGFUL MANNER TO A
 GROUP OF EMPLOYEES WHO POSSESS CHARACTERISTICS AND CONCERNS WHICH ARE
 NOT NECESSARILY COMMON TO OTHERS.  /8/ WHERE AS HERE, THE CONSIDERATIONS
 IN FAVOR OF THE APPROPRIATENESS OF THE SMALLER UNITS SOUGHT ARE SO
 EVENLY BALANCED AGAINST THOSE FAVORING THE OVERALL UNIT, THE DETERMINING
 FACTOR SHOULD BE THE DESIRE OF THE EMPLOYEES THEMSELVES. ACCORDINGLY,
 THE AUTHORITY FINDS THAT THE FIVE UNITS COMPOSED OF EMPLOYEES AT
 BRIGADE, U.S. SOUTHERN COMMAND, U.S. ARMY COMMUNICATIONS COMMAND AND
 MEDDAC, DESCRIBED IN CASE NOS. 6-RO-54(P), 6-RO-63(P), 6-RO-68(P),
 6-RO-53(P) AND 6-RO-59(P), ALSO TO BE APPROPRIATE FOR THE PURPOSE OF
 EXCLUSIVE RECOGNITION.
 
    ELIGIBILITY STIPULATIONS
 
    THE PARTIES STIPULATED THAT CERTAIN GROUPS OF EMPLOYEES SHOULD BE
 EXCLUDED FROM ANY UNIT(S) FOUND APPROPRIATE.  THE PARTIES AGREED THAT AS
 THE PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE DEPENDENT
 SCHOOLS WERE THE SUBJECT OF A PETITION IN ANOTHER PROCEEDING THEY SHOULD
 BE EXCLUDED FROM ANY UNITS FOUND APPROPRIATE HEREIN;  THAT AS THE
 PROPOSED UNIT DESCRIPTION IS LIMITED TO EMPLOYEES EMPLOYED IN PANAMA,
 THE APPROXIMATELY 20 EMPLOYEES OF U.S. SOUTHERN COMMAND EMPLOYED AT
 EMBASSIES THROUGHOUT LATIN AMERICA SHOULD BE EXCLUDED;  THAT ALL
 EMPLOYEES CURRENTLY REPRESENTED SHOULD BE EXCLUDED FROM THE UNIT;  THAT
 THE UNIT DESCRIPTION BE LIMITED TO APPROPRIATED FUND EMPLOYEES;  AND
 THAT STUDENT ASSISTANTS ARE NOT EMPLOYEES WITHIN THE MEANING OF THE
 STATUTE, AND THUS SHOULD BE EXCLUDED FROM THE UNIT.  NOTING NO EVIDENCE
 TO THE CONTRARY IN THE RECORD, THE ABOVE STIPULATIONS ARE ACCEPTED.
 
    THE PARTIES FURTHER STIPULATED THAT CERTAIN INDIVIDUALS AND
 CATEGORIES OF EMPLOYEES WERE MANAGERIAL EMPLOYEES, SUPERVISORS OR
 CONFIDENTIAL EMPLOYEES, AND THEREFORE SHOULD BE EXCLUDED FROM THE UNIT.
 ALL PARTIES STIPULATED THAT INDIVIDUALS WHOSE JOB DESCRIPTIONS WERE
 DESIGNATED CZS 201, 202, 203, 204, OR 205, OR DA 202, 203, 204 OR 205
 ARE SUPERVISORS AS DEFINED IN THE STATUTE.  THE PARTIES FURTHER
 STIPULATED THAT THE INDIVIDUALS NAMED IN ARMY EXHIBITS 15, 16 AND 19
 SHOULD BE EXCLUDED AS SUPERVISORS, MANAGERIAL EMPLOYEES OR CONFIDENTIAL
 EMPLOYEES AS DESIGNATED ON THE EXHIBITS, FROM THE GROUPS OF EMPLOYEES AT
 MEDDAC, TROOP SUPPORT AGENCY, AND BRIGADE, RESPECTIVELY.  /9/ THE
 PARTIES FURTHER AGREED THAT ARMY EXHIBIT 18 REPRESENTS A COMPLETE LIST
 OF ALL EMPLOYEES OF DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE DEPENDENT SCHOOLS WHO SHOULD
 BE INCLUDED IN THE UNIT.  FINDING NO CONTRARY EVIDENCE IN THE RECORD,
 THE AUTHORITY HEREBY ACCEPTS THE FOREGOING DOCUMENTARY STIPULATIONS.
 THE PARTIES FURTHER STIPULATED ON THE RECORD AS TO SPECIFIC NAMED
 INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE MANAGERIAL EMPLOYEES, SUPERVISORS, OR CONFIDENTIAL
 EMPLOYEES AT TROPIC TEST CENTER, DENTAC, U.S. ARMY COMMUNICATIONS
 COMMAND, U.S. SOUTHERN COMMAND, PANAMA AREA ENGINEER OFFICE, AND
 MILITARY TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT COMMAND.  ABSENT EVIDENCE TO THE CONTRARY
 AND NOTING THAT THE PARTIES AGREE, THOSE STIPULATIONS ARE ALSO ACCEPTED
 HEREWITH BY THE AUTHORITY.
 
    THE PARTIES STIPULATED THAT SOME 43 CATEGORIES OF EMPLOYEES WERE
 PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES WITHIN THE MEANING OF SECTION 7103(A)(15) OF THE
 STATUTE.  /10/ THE PARTIES FURTHER STIPULATED THAT LICENSED PRACTICAL
 NURSES WERE NOT PROFESSIONALS WITHIN THE MEANING OF THE STATUTE.  THE
 AUTHORITY HEREBY ACCEPTS THOSE STIPULATIONS.
 
    VOTING GROUPS
 
    AS STATED ABOVE, THE AUTHORITY HAS CONCLUDED THAT THE CIRCUMSTANCES
 OF THESE CASES WARRANT A CONCLUSION THAT THE OVERALL UNIT SOUGHT BY THE
 COALITION IS APPROPRIATE, AS WELL AS THE INDIVIDUAL-TENANT ACTIVITY
 UNITS IN WHICH THE INTERVENOR SEEKS REPRESENTATION.  SEVERAL OF THE
 UNITS FOUND APPROPRIATE HEREIN INCLUDE PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES. AS
 PRESCRIBED BY SECTION 7112(B)(5) OF THE STATUTE, THE AUTHORITY IS
 PROHIBITED FROM INCLUDING PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES IN UNITS WITH
 NONPROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES UNLESS A MAJORITY OF THE PROFESSIONAL
 EMPLOYEES VOTE FOR INCLUSION IN SUCH UNITS.  ACCORDINGLY, THE DESIRES OF
 THE PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES AS TO INCLUSION IN UNITS WITH NONPROFESSIONAL
 EMPLOYEES MUST BE ASCERTAINED BY SELF DETERMINATION ELECTIONS.
 
    BASED ON THE FOREGOING, THE AUTHORITY FINDS THAT THE FOLLOWING
 DESCRIBED UNITS (SET FORTH BELOW AS VOTING GROUPS) CONSIST OF EMPLOYEES
 WHO SHARE A CLEAR AND IDENTIFIABLE COMMUNITY OF INTEREST, SEPARATE AND
 DISTINCT FROM OTHER EMPLOYEES, AND THAT SUCH UNITS WILL PROMOTE
 EFFECTIVE DEALINGS AND EFFICIENCY OF AGENCY OPERATIONS AND ARE
 APPROPRIATE FOR THE PURPOSES OF EXCLUSIVE RECOGNITION UNDER THE STATUTE.
  THE AUTHORITY THEREFORE DIRECTS SEPARATE ELECTIONS IN THE FOLLOWING
 GROUPS.
 
    VOTING GROUP (A):  ALL APPROPRIATED FUND PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES
 EMPLOYED BY THE 193RD INFANTRY BRIGADE, PANAMA, EXCLUDING
 NONPROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES, MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS, SUPERVISORS AND
 EMPLOYEES DEFINED IN SECTION 7112(B)(2), (3), (4), (6) AND (7) OF THE
 STATUTE.
 
    VOTING GROUP (B):  ALL APPROPRIATED FUND NONPROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES
 EMPLOYED BY THE 193RD INFANTRY BRIGADE, PANAMA, EXCLUDING PROFESSIONAL
 EMPLOYEES, MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS, SUPERVISORS, AND EMPLOYEES DEFINED IN
 SECTION 6112(B)(2), (3), (4), (6) AND (7) OF THE STATUTE.
 
    VOTING GROUP (C):  ALL PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES OF THE U.S. SOUTHERN
 COMMAND LOCATED IN THE REPUBLIC OF PANAMA, EXCLUDING NONPROFESSIONAL
 EMPLOYEES, EMPLOYEES LOCATED OUTSIDE THE REPUBLIC OF PANAMA, MANAGEMENT
 OFFICIALS, SUPERVISORS AND EMPLOYEES DESCRIBED IN SECTION 7112(B)(2),
 (3), (4), (6) AND (7) OF THE STATUTE.
 
    VOTING GROUP (D):  ALL NONPROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES OF THE U.S.
 SOUTHERN COMMAND LOCATED IN THE REPUBLIC OF PANAMA, EXCLUDING
 PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES, EMPLOYEES LOCATED OUTSIDE THE REPUBLIC OF
 PANAMA, MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS, SUPERVISORS AND EMPLOYEES DESCRIBED IN
 SECTION 7112(B)(2), (3), (4), (6) AND (7) OF THE STATUTE.
 
    VOTING GROUP (E):  ALL PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES EMPLOYED BY THE U.S.
 ARMY COMMUNICATIONS COMMAND, PANAMA, EXCLUDING NONPROFESSIONAL
 EMPLOYEES, MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS, SUPERVISORS AND EMPLOYEES DESCRIBED IN
 SECTION 7112(B)(2), (3), (4), (6) AND (7) OF THE STATUTE.
 
    VOTING GROUP (F):  ALL NONPROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES EMPLOYED BY THE U.S.
 ARMY COMMUNICATIONS COMMAND, PANAMA, EXCLUDING PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES,
 MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS, SUPERVISORS AND EMPLOYEES DESCRIBED IN SECTION
 7112(B)(2), (3), (4), (6) AND (7) OF THE STATUTE.
 
    VOTING GROUP (G):  ALL NONPROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES EMPLOYED BY THE U.S.
 ARMY, MEDDAC, PANAMA, EXCLUDING PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES, MANAGEMENT
 OFFICIALS, SUPERVISORS AND EMPLOYEES DESCRIBED IN SECTION 7112(B)(2),
 (3), (4), (6) AND (7) OF THE STATUTE.
 
    VOTING GROUP (H):  ALL PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES INCLUDING REGISTERED
 AND CERTIFIED TECHNICIANS AND TECHNOLOGISTS EMPLOYED BY THE U.S. ARMY,
 MEDDAC, PANAMA, EXCLUDING PROFESSIONAL NURSES, NONPROFESSIONAL
 EMPLOYEES, MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS, SUPERVISORS AND EMPLOYEES DESCRIBED IN
 SECTION 7112(B)(2), (3), (4), (6) AND (7) OF THE STATUTE.
 
    VOTING GROUP (I):  ALL PROFESSIONAL APPROPRIATED FUND EMPLOYEES OF
 ACTIVITIES LOCATED IN PANAMA AND SERVICED BY THE 193RD INFANTRY BRIGADE
 CIVILIAN PERSONNEL OFFICE, INCLUDING THE PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES AT U.S.
 ARMY TROPIC TEST CENTER, DENTAC, AND THE REGISTERED NURSES AT MEDDAC
 EXCLUDING EMPLOYEES ALREADY REPRESENTED, EMPLOYEES SUBJECT TO OTHER
 PETITIONS, NONAPPROPRIATED FUND EMPLOYEES, EMPLOYEES LOCATED OUTSIDE
 PANAMA, ALL PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES ASSIGNED TO THE DOD DEPENDENT
 SCHOOLS, NONPROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES, MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS, SUPERVISORS
 AND EMPLOYEES DESCRIBED IN SECTION 7112(B)(2), (3), (4), (6) AND (7) OF
 THE STATUTE.
 
    VOTING GROUP (J):  ALL NONPROFESSIONAL APPROPRIATED FUND EMPLOYEES OF
 ACTIVITIES LOCATED IN PANAMA AND SERVICED BY THE 193RD INFANTRY BRIGADE
 CIVILIAN PERSONNEL OFFICE INCLUDING THE NONPROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES AT
 U.S. ARMY TROPIC TEST CENTER, EXCLUDING EMPLOYEES ALREADY REPRESENTED,
 EMPLOYEES SUBJECT TO OTHER PETITIONS, NONAPPROPRIATED FUND EMPLOYEES,
 EMPLOYEES LOCATED OUTSIDE PANAMA, PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES, MANAGEMENT
 OFFICIALS, SUPERVISORS AND EMPLOYEES DESCRIBED IN SECTION 7112(B)(2),
 (3), (4), (6) AND (7) OF THE STATUTE.
 
    THE EMPLOYEES IN PROFESSIONAL VOTING GROUP (A) SHALL BE ASKED TWO
 QUESTIONS ON THEIR BALLOT:  (1) WHETHER OR NOT THEY WISH TO BE INCLUDED
 WITH THE NONPROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES FOR THE PURPOSE OR EXCLUSIVE
 RECOGNITION;  AND (2) WHETHER THEY WISH TO BE REPRESENTED FOR THE
 PURPOSE OF EXCLUSIVE RECOGNITION BY THE COALITION, BY NMU OF BY NEITHER.
  IN THE EVENT THAT A MAJORITY OF VALID VOTES ARE CAST IN FAVOR OF
 INCLUSION IN THE NONPROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEE UNIT, THE BALLOTS OF VOTING
 GROUP (A) SHALL BE COMBINED WITH THOSE OF VOTING GROUP (B).  IF THE
 EMPLOYEES IN VOTING GROUP (A) ELECT NOT TO BE INCLUDED IN A UNIT WITH
 NONPROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES, BUT A MAJORITY CASTS THEIR BALLOTS FOR NMU,
 THE LABOR ORGANIZATION SEEKING TO REPRESENT THIS GROUP IN A SEPARATE
 UNIT, THE EMPLOYEES WILL HAVE INDICATED THEIR DESIRE TO BE REPRESENTED
 BY THAT ORGANIZATION IN A SEPARATE UNIT AND AN APPROPRIATE CERTIFICATION
 WILL BE ISSUED.  IF, HOWEVER, THE EMPLOYEES IN VOTING GROUP (A) ELECT
 NOT TO BE INCLUDED IN A UNIT WITH NONPROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES, BUT A
 MAJORITY DO NOT CAST THEIR BALLOTS FOR NMU, THEIR BALLOTS WILL BE POOLED
 WITH THOSE IN VOTING GROUP (I).
 
    THE EMPLOYEES IN VOTING GROUP (B) SHALL VOTE WHETHER THEY DESIRE TO
 BE REPRESENTED BY THE COALITION, BY NMU, OR BY NEITHER.  IF A MAJORITY
 OF THE EMPLOYEES IN VOTING GROUP (B) VOTE FOR THE NMU, THE EMPLOYEES
 WILL HAVE INDICATED THEIR DESIRE TO BE REPRESENTED BY THAT LABOR
 ORGANIZATION IN A SEPARATE UNIT AND AN APPROPRIATE CERTIFICATION WILL BE
 ISSUED.  IF, HOWEVER, A MAJORITY OF THE EMPLOYEES IN VOTING GROUP (B)
 DOES NOT VOTE FOR NMU, THEIR BALLOTS WILL BE POOLED WITH THOSE OF THE
 EMPLOYEES IN VOTING GROUP (J), AND THE BALLOTS OF THE EMPLOYEES IN
 VOTING GROUP (A), IF APPROPRIATE, WILL BE POOLED WITH THOSE OF THE
 EMPLOYEES IN VOTING GROUP (I).
 
    THE EMPLOYEES IN PROFESSIONAL VOTING GROUP (C) SHALL BE ASKED TWO
 QUESTIONS ON THEIR BALLOT:  (1) WHETHER OR NOT THEY WISH TO BE INCLUDED
 WITH THE NONPROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES FOR THE PURPOSE OF EXCLUSIVE
 RECOGNITION;  AND (2) WHETHER THEY WISH TO BE REPRESENTED FOR THE
 PURPOSE OF EXCLUSIVE RECOGNITION BY THE COALITION, BY NMU OR BY NEITHER.
  IN THE EVENT THAT A MAJORITY OF VALID VOTES ARE CAST IN FAVOR OF
 INCLUSION IN THE NONPROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEE UNIT, THE BALLOTS OF VOTING
 GROUP (C) SHALL BE COMBINED WITH THOSE OF VOTING GROUP (D).  IF THE
 EMPLOYEES IN VOTING GROUP (C) ELECT NOT TO BE INCLUDED IN A UNIT WITH
 NONPROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES, BUT A MAJORITY CASTS THEIR BALLOTS FOR NMU,
 THE LABOR ORGANIZATION SEEKING TO REPRESENT THIS GROUP IN A SEPARATE
 UNIT, THE EMPLOYEES WILL HAVE INDICATED THEIR DESIRE TO BE REPRESENTED
 BY THAT ORGANIZATION IN A SEPARATE UNIT AND AN APPROPRIATE CERTIFICATION
 WILL BE ISSUED.  IF HOWEVER, THE EMPLOYEES IN VOTING GROUP (C) ELECT NOT
 TO BE INCLUDED IN A UNIT WITH NONPROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES, BUT A MAJORITY
 DO NOT CAST THEIR BALLOTS FOR NMU, THEIR BALLOTS WILL BE POOLED WITH
 THOSE IN VOTING GROUP (I).
 
    THE EMPLOYEES IN VOTING GROUP (D) SHALL VOTE WHETHER THEY DESIRE TO
 BE REPRESENTED BY THE COALITION, BY NMU, OR BY NEITHER.  IF A MAJORITY
 OF THE EMPLOYEES IN VOTING GROUP (D) VOTE FOR THE NMU, THE EMPLOYEES
 WILL HAVE INDICATED THEIR DESIRE TO BE REPRESENTED BY THAT LABOR
 ORGANIZATION IN A SEPARATE UNIT AND AN APPROPRIATE CERTIFICATION WILL BE
 ISSUED.  IF, HOWEVER, A MAJORITY OF THE EMPLOYEES IN VOTING GROUP (D)
 DOES NOT VOTE FOR NMU, THEIR BALLOTS WILL BE POOLED WITH THOSE OF THE
 EMPLOYEES IN VOTING GROUP (J), AND THE BALLOTS OF THE EMPLOYEES IN
 VOTING GROUP (C), IF APPROPRIATE, WILL BE POOLED WITH THOSE OF THE
 EMPLOYEES IN VOTING GROUP (I).
 
    THE EMPLOYEES IN PROFESSIONAL VOTING GROUP (E) SHALL BE ASKED TWO
 QUESTIONS ON THEIR BALLOT:  (1) WHETHER OR NOT THEY WISH TO BE INCLUDED
 WITH THE NONPROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES FOR THE PURPOSE OF EXCLUSIVE
 RECOGNITION;  AND (2) WHETHER THEY WISH TO BE REPRESENTED FOR THE
 PURPOSE OF EXCLUSIVE RECOGNITION BY THE COALITION, BY NMU OR BY NEITHER.
  IN THE EVENT THAT A MAJORITY OF VALID VOTES ARE CAST IN FAVOR OF
 INCLUSION IN THE NONPROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEE UNIT, THE BALLOTS OF VOTING
 GROUP (E) SHALL BE COMBINED WITH THOSE OF VOTING GROUP (F).  IF THE
 EMPLOYEES IN VOTING GROUP (E) ELECT NOT TO BE INCLUDED IN A UNIT WITH
 NONPROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES, BUT A MAJORITY CASTS THEIR BALLOTS FOR NMU,
 THE LABOR ORGANIZATION SEEKING TO REPRESENT THIS GROUP IN A SEPARATE
 UNIT, THE EMPLOYEES WILL HAVE INDICATED THEIR DESIRE TO BE REPRESENTED
 BY THAT ORGANIZATION IN A SEPARATE UNIT AND AN APPROPRIATE CERTIFICATION
 WILL BE ISSUED.  IF, HOWEVER, THE EMPLOYEES IN VOTING GROUP (E) ELECT
 NOT TO BE INCLUDED IN A UNIT WITH NONPROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES, BUT A
 MAJORITY DO NOT CAST THEIR BALLOTS FOR NMU, THEIR BALLOTS WILL BE POOLED
 WITH THOSE IN VOTING GROUP (I).
 
    THE EMPLOYEES IN VOTING GROUP (F) SHALL VOTE WHETHER THEY DESIRE TO
 BE REPRESENTED BY THE COALITION, BY NMU OR BY NEITHER.  IF A MAJORITY OF
 THE EMPLOYEES IN VOTING GROUP (F) VOTE FOR THE NMU, THE EMPLOYEES WILL
 HAVE INDICATED THEIR DESIRE TO BE REPRESENTED BY THAT LABOR ORGANIZATION
 IN A SEPARATE UNIT AND AN APPROPRIATE CERTIFICATION WILL BE ISSUED.  IF,
 HOWEVER, A MAJORITY OF THE EMPLOYEES IN VOTING GROUP (F) DOES NOT VOTE
 FOR NMU, THEIR BALLOTS WILL BE POOLED WITH THOSE OF THE EMPLOYEES IN
 VOTING GROUP (J), AND THE BALLOTS OF THE EMPLOYEES IN VOTING GROUP (E),
 IF APPROPRIATE, WILL BE POOLED WITH THOSE OF THE EMPLOYEES IN VOTING
 GROUP (I).
 
    THE EMPLOYEES IN VOTING GROUP (G) SHALL VOTE WHETHER THEY DESIRE TO
 BE REPRESENTED BY THE COALITION, NMU OR BY NEITHER.  IF A MAJORITY OF
 THE EMPLOYEES IN VOTING GROUP (G) VOTES FOR NMU THE REGIONAL DIRECTOR
 SHALL ISSUE THE APPROPRIATE CERTIFICATION.  IF, HOWEVER, A MAJORITY OF
 THE EMPLOYEES IN VOTING GROUP (G) DOES NOT VOTE FOR NMU, THE LABOR
 ORGANIZATION SEEKING TO REPRESENT THEM IN A SEPARATE UNIT, THEIR BALLOTS
 WILL BE POOLED WITH THOSE OF THE EMPLOYEES IN VOTING GROUP (J).
 
    THE EMPLOYEES IN PROFESSIONAL VOTING GROUP (H) SHALL BE ASKED TWO
 QUESTIONS ON THEIR BALLOT:  (1) WHETHER OR NOT THEY WISH TO BE INCLUDED
 WITH THE NONPROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES FOR THE PURPOSE OF EXCLUSIVE
 RECOGNITION;  AND (2) WHETHER THEY WISH TO BE REPRESENTED FOR THE
 PURPOSE OF EXCLUSIVE RECOGNITION BY THE COALITION, BY NMU OR BY NEITHER.
  IN THE EVENT THAT A MAJORITY OF VALID VOTES ARE CAST IN FAVOR OF
 INCLUSION IN THE NONPROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEE UNIT, THE BALLOTS OF VOTING
 GROUP (H) SHALL BE COMBINED WITH THOSE OF VOTING GROUP (J).  IF THE
 EMPLOYEES IN VOTING GROUP (H) ELECT NOT TO BE INCLUDED IN A UNIT WITH
 NONPROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES, BUT A MAJORITY CASTS THEIR BALLOTS FOR NMU,
 THE LABOR ORGANIZATION SEEKING TO REPRESENT THIS GROUP IN A SEPARATE
 UNIT, THE EMPLOYEES WILL HAVE INDICATED THEIR DESIRE TO BE REPRESENTED
 BY THAT ORGANIZATION IN A SEPARATE UNIT AND AN APPROPRIATE CERTIFICATION
 WILL BE ISSUED.  IF, HOWEVER, THE EMPLOYEES IN VOTING GROUP (H) ELECT
 NOT TO BE INCLUDED IN A UNIT WITH NONPROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES, BUT A
 MAJORITY DO NOT CAST THEIR BALLOTS FOR NMU, THEIR BALLOTS WILL BE POOLED
 WITH THOSE IN VOTING GROUP (I).
 
    THE EMPLOYEES IN PROFESSIONAL VOTING GROUP (I) SHALL BE ASKED TWO
 QUESTIONS ON THEIR BALLOT:  (1) WHETHER OR NOT THEY WISH TO BE INCLUDED
 WITH THE NONPROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES FOR THE PURPOSE OF EXCLUSIVE
 RECOGNITION;  AND (2) WHETHER OR NOT THEY WISH TO BE REPRESENTED FOR THE
 PURPOSE OF EXCLUSIVE RECOGNITION BY THE COALITION.  IN THE EVENT THAT A
 MAJORITY OF VALID VOTES OF VOTING GROUP (I) (TOGETHER WITH THE VALID
 VOTES IN VOTING GROUPS (A), (C), (E), AND (H) IF APPROPRIATE) ARE CASE
 IN FAVOR OF INCLUSION IN THE NONPROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEE UNIT, THE BALLOTS
 OF VOTING GROUP (I) SHALL BE COMBINED WITH THOSE OF VOTING GROUP (J).
 IF A MAJORITY OF THE VOTES OF VOTING GROUP (I) (TOGETHER WITH THE VALID
 VOTES IN VOTING GROUPS (A), (C), (E), AND (H) AS APPROPRIATE) ARE NOT
 CAST FOR INCLUSION IN THE SAME UNIT AS THE NONPROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES IN
 VOTING GROUP (J), THEY WILL BE TAKEN TO HAVE INDICATED THEIR DESIRE NOT
 TO BE INCLUDED IN THE SAME UNIT WITH NONPROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES, AND, AN
 APPROPRIATE CERTIFICATION WILL BE ISSUED BY THE REGIONAL DIRECTOR
 INDICATING WHETHER OR NOT THE COALITION WAS SELECTED BY THE EMPLOYEES IN
 THE UNIT.
 
    THE EMPLOYEES IN VOTING GROUP (J) (TOGETHER WITH THE EMPLOYEES IN
 VOTING GROUPS (B), (D), (F) AND (G) AS APPROPRIATE) SHALL VOTE WHETHER
 OR NOT THEY WISH TO BE REPRESENTED FOR THE PURPOSE OF EXCLUSIVE
 RECOGNITION BY THE COALITION.  IN THE EVENT THAT THE BALLOTS OF VOTING
 GROUPS (A), (C), (E) AND (H) ARE POOLED WITH THE BALLOTS OF VOTING GROUP
 (I) AND/OR THE BALLOTS OF VOTING GROUPS (B), (D), (F) AND (G) ARE POOLED
 WITH THE BALLOTS OF VOTING GROUP (J), THEY ARE TO BE TALLIED IN THE
 FOLLOWING MANNER.  THOSE BALLOTS CAST FOR NMU SHALL BE COUNTED AS PART
 OF THE TOTAL NUMBER OF VALID VOTES CAST, BUT NEITHER FOR NOR AGAINST THE
 COALITION WHICH SEEKS TO REPRESENT THE OVERALL UNIT.  ALL OTHER VOTES
 ARE TO BE ACCORDED THEIR FACE VALUES.  THE AUTHORITY FINDS THAT, UNDER
 THESE CIRCUMSTANCES, ANY UNIT RESULTING FROM A POOLING OF VOTES AS
 DESCRIBED ABOVE, CONSTITUTES AN APPROPRIATE UNIT FOR THE PURPOSE OF
 EXCLUSIVE RECOGNITION AND AN APPROPRIATE CERTIFICATION IS TO BE ISSUED.
 
    DIRECTION OF ELECTION
 
    SUBJECT TO THE PREREQUISITE THAT THE NOTICE OF PETITION HEREIN BY
 REPOSTED PURSUANT TO SECTION 2422.4(A) OF THE AUTHORITY'S RULES AND
 REGULATIONS, AN ELECTION BY SECRET BALLOT SHALL BE CONDUCTED AMONG THE
 EMPLOYEES IN THE VOTING GROUPS DESCRIBED ABOVE, AS SOON AS FEASIBLE
 FOLLOWING THE CONCLUSION OF THE ABOVE-REFERENCED POSTING PERIOD.  THE
 APPROPRIATE REGIONAL DIRECTOR SHALL SUPERVISE OR CONDUCT THE ELECTIONS,
 AS APPROPRIATE, SUBJECT TO THE AUTHORITY'S RULES AND REGULATIONS.
 ELIGIBLE TO VOTE ARE THOSE IN THE VOTING GROUPS WHO WERE EMPLOYED DURING
 THE PAYROLL PERIOD IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING THE DATE BELOW, INCLUDING
 EMPLOYEES WHO DID NOT WORK DURING THE PERIOD BECAUSE THEY WERE OUT ILL,
 OR ON VACATION OR FURLOUGH, INCLUDING THOSE IN THE MILITARY SERVICE WHO
 APPEAR IN PERSON AT THE POLLS.  INELIGIBLE TO VOTE ARE EMPLOYEES WHO
 HAVE QUIT OR WERE DISCHARGED FOR CAUSE SINCE THE DESIGNATED PAYROLL
 PERIOD AND WHO HAVE NOT BEEN REHIRED OR REINSTATED BEFORE THE ELECTION
 DATE.
 
    THOSE ELIGIBLE TO VOTE IN VOTING GROUPS (A), (B), (C), (D), (E), (F),
 (G) AND (H) SHALL VOTE WHETHER THEY DESIRE TO BE REPRESENTED FOR THE
 PURPOSE OF EXCLUSIVE RECOGNITION BY THE PANAMA DOD EMPLOYEES COALITION,
 AFL-CIO, CTRP;  BY THE NATIONAL MARITIME UNION OF AMERICA, AFL-CIO;  OR
 BY NEITHER.  THOSE ELIGIBLE TO VOTE IN VOTING GROUPS (I) AND (J) SHALL
 VOTE WHETHER OR NOT THEY DESIRE TO BE REPRESENTED FOR THE PURPOSE OF
 EXCLUSIVE RECOGNITION BY THE PANAMA DOD EMPLOYEES COALITION, AFL-CIO,
 CTRP.
 
    ISSUED, WASHINGTON, D.C., DECEMBER 31, 1981
 
                       RONALD W. HAUGHTON, CHAIRMAN
 
                       HENRY B. FRAZIER III, MEMBER
 
                        LEON B. APPLEWHAITE, MEMBER
 
                     FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY
 
    DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE,
 
    DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
 
    193RD INFANTRY BRIGADE (PANAMA)
 
                                 ACTIVITY
 
    AND
 
    PANAMA DOD EMPLOYEES COALITION,
 
    AFL-CIO, CTRP (AMERICAN FEDERATION
 
    OF STATE, COUNTY AND MUNICIPAL
 
    EMPLOYEES, AFL-CIO, LOCAL 907;
 
    AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT
 
    EMPLOYEES, AFL-CIO, LOCAL 14;  AND
 
    AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT
 
    EMPLOYEES, AFL-CIO, LOCAL 1805)
 
                                PETITIONER
 
    AND
 
    NATIONAL MARITIME UNION OF AMERICA,
 
    AFL-CIO
 
                                INTERVENOR
 
                            CASE NO.6-RO-54(P)
 
    DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE,
 
    DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
 
    U.S. ARMY TROPIC TEST CENTER
 
                                 ACTIVITY
 
    AND
 
    AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT
 
    EMPLOYEES, LOCAL 14, AFL-CIO
 
                                PETITIONER
 
                            CASE NO. 6-RO-57(P)
 
    DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE,
 
    DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
 
    U.S. SOUTHERN COMMAND
 
                                 ACTIVITY
 
    AND
 
    AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT
 
    EMPLOYEES, LOCAL 14, AFL-CIO
 
                                PETITIONER
 
    AND
 
    NATIONAL MARITIME UNION OF AMERICA,
 
    AFL-CIO
 
                                INTERVENOR
 
                            CASE NO. 6-RO-63(P)
 
    DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE,
 
    DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
 
    U.S. ARMY COMMUNICATIONS COMMAND-- PANAMA
 
                                 ACTIVITY
 
    AND
 
    AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT
 
    EMPLOYEES, LOCAL 14, AFL-CIO
 
                                PETITIONER
 
    AND
 
    NATIONAL MARITIME UNION OF AMERICA,
 
    AFL-CIO
 
                                INTERVENOR
 
                            CASE NO. 6-RO-68(P)
 
    DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE,
 
    DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
 
    U.S. ARMY DENTAL ACTIVITY-- PANAMA
 
    (DENTAC-PAN)
 
                                 ACTIVITY
 
    AND
 
    AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT
 
    EMPLOYEES, LOCAL 14, AFL-CIO
 
                                PETITIONER
 
                            CASE NO. 6-RO-58(P)
 
    DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE,
 
    DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
 
    U.S. ARMY MEDICAL
 
    DEPARTMENT ACTIVITY-- PANAMA (MEDDAC-PAN)
 
                                 ACTIVITY
 
    AND
 
    AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT
 
    EMPLOYEES, LOCAL 1805, AFL-CIO
 
                                PETITIONER
 
                            CASE NO. 6-RO-27(P)
 
    DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE,
 
    DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
 
    U.S. ARMY MEDICAL
 
    DEPARTMENT ACTIVITY-- PANAMA
 
    (MEDDAC-PAN)
 
                                 ACTIVITY
 
    AND
 
    AMERICAN FEDERATION OF STATE,
 
    COUNTY AND MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES
 
    LOCAL 907, AFL-CIO, CTRP
 
                                PETITIONER
 
    AND
 
    NATIONAL MARITIME UNION OF AMERICA,
 
    AFL-CIO
 
                                INTERVENOR
 
                            CASE NO.6-RO-53(P)
 
    DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE,
 
    DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
 
    U.S. ARMY MEDICAL DEPARTMENT ACTIVITY
 
    PANAMA (MEDDAC-PAN)
 
                                 ACTIVITY
 
    AND
 
    AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT
 
    EMPLOYEES, LOCAL 14, AFL-CIO
 
                                PETITIONER
 
    AND
 
    NATIONAL MARITIME UNION OF AMERICA,
 
    AFL-CIO
 
                                INTERVENOR
 
                            CASE NO. 6-RO-59(P)
 
                   DENIAL OF MOTIONS FOR RECONSIDERATION
 
    THIS MATTER IS BEFORE THE AUTHORITY ON MOTIONS FOR RECONSIDERATION OF
 THE AUTHORITY'S DECISION IN DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, DEPARTMENT OF THE
 ARMY, 193RD INFANTRY BRIGADE (PANAMA), ET AL, 7 FLRA NO. 73(1981), FILED
 BY THE PETITIONER (COALITION) AND THE INTERVENOR (NMU).  IN THAT
 DECISION, THE AUTHORITY FOUND APPROPRIATE AN OVERALL UNIT (AS URGED BY
 THE PETITIONER), CONSISTING OF EMPLOYEES OF SEVERAL TENANT ACTIVITIES.
 THE AUTHORITY ALSO FOUND APPROPRIATE FIVE SEPARATE UNITS (THE INTERVENOR
 HAD URGED THAT SEPARATE UNITS BE FOUND APPROPRIATE), EACH LIMITED TO
 EMPLOYEES OF AN INDIVIDUAL ACTIVITY.
 
    ACCORDINGLY, THE AUTHORITY DIRECTED ELECTIONS (1) AMONG EMPLOYEES IN
 EACH OF THE INDIVIDUAL VOTING GROUPS AND PROVIDED FOR CERTIFICATION OF
 THE INTERVENOR IN ANY OF SUCH UNITS IN WHICH IT RECEIVED A MAJORITY OF
 THE VALID VOTES CAST, AND (2) AMONG THE PROFESSIONAL AND NONPROFESSIONAL
 EMPLOYEES IN THE OVERALL UNIT AND PROVIDED FOR CERTIFICATION OF THE
 PETITIONER SHOULD IT RECEIVE A MAJORITY OF THE VALID VOTES COUNTED
 THEREIN.
 
    THE INTERVENOR'S MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION SEEKS TO HAVE IT INCLUDED
 ON THE BALLOT IN THE OVERALL UNIT INASMUCH AS IT STATED AT THE HEARING
 ITS DESIRE TO APPEAR ON THE BALLOT IN ANY UNIT FOUND APPROPRIATE.  /11/
 THE PETITIONER IN ITS MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION CONTENDS THAT THE
 AUTHORITY ERRED IN FINDING MULTIPLE UNITS APPROPRIATE IN ADDITION TO THE
 OVERALL UNIT AND IN MAKING ITS ULTIMATE UNIT DETERMINATION CONTINGENT
 UPON ELECTION RESULTS.  ALTERNATIVELY, THE PETITIONER URGES THAT, IF THE
 ELECTION IS CONDUCTED AS DIRECTED, THE BALLOTS IN THE INDIVIDUAL UNITS
 BE ALTERED TO ADD A BOX FOR ALL EMPLOYEES TO INDICATE THEIR DESIRE FOR
 INCLUSION OR EXCLUSION WITH RESPECT TO THE OVERALL UNIT.  THE PETITIONER
 HAS ALSO FILED A TIMELY RESPONSE TO THE INTERVENOR'S MOTION FOR
 RECONSIDERATION.
 
    SECTION 2429.17 OF THE AUTHORITY'S RULES AND REGULATIONS PROVIDES
 THAT A PARTY WHO "CAN ESTABLISH . . . EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCES . . .
 MAY MOVE FOR RECONSIDERATION" OF AN AUTHORITY DECISION.  BASED UPON
 REVIEW OF THE INTERVENOR'S ARGUMENTS IN SUPPORT OF ITS MOTION FOR
 RECONSIDERATION, AND THE PETITIONER'S RESPONSE THERETO, THE AUTHORITY
 CONCLUDES THAT NO EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCES WARRANTING
 RECONSIDERATION
 HAVE BEEN ESTABLISHED.  IN THIS REGARD, THE AUTHORITY NOTES THAT THE
 INTERVENOR HAS NOT RAISED ANY MATTERS WHICH WERE NOT PREVIOUSLY IN THE
 RECORD OF THE CASE CONSIDERED BY THE AUTHORITY PRIOR TO ISSUANCE OF ITS
 DECISION.  MOREOVER THE DETERMINATION NOT TO PERMIT THE INTERVENOR TO BE
 INCLUDED ON BOTH THE BALLOT IN THE INDIVIDUAL UNITS AND THE ALTERNATIVE
 OVERALL UNIT IS CONSISTENT WITH STANDARD PRACTICE IN SUCH ELECTIONS.
 /12/
 
    SIMILARLY, THE AUTHORITY CONCLUDES, UPON REVIEW OF THE PETITIONER'S
 MOTION, THAT THE PETITIONER'S CONTENTIONS CONSTITUTE MERE DISAGREEMENT
 WITH THE AUTHORITY'S DECISION AND AN ATTEMPT TO RELITIGATE THE CASE.
 THEREFORE, NO EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCES HAVE BEEN RAISED WARRANTING
 RECONSIDERATION.  AS TO THE REQUEST FOR BALLOT MODIFICATION, ELECTION
 NOTICES POSTED FOR VOTER INFORMATION PROVIDE INSTRUCTION AS TO THE
 EFFECT OF CHOICES BY THE VOTERS.
 
    ACCORDINGLY, APART FROM OTHER CIRCUMSTANCES, BOTH MOTIONS FOR
 RECONSIDERATION MUST BE, AND THEY HEREBY ARE, DENIED.
 
    ISSUED, WASHINGTON, D.C., FEBRUARY 22, 1982
 
                       RONALD W. HAUGHTON, CHAIRMAN
 
                       HENRY B. FRAZIER III, MEMBER
 
                        LEON B. APPLEWHAITE, MEMBER
 
                     FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY
 
 
 
 
 
 --------------- FOOTNOTES: ---------------
 
 
    /1/ THE AUTHORITY NOTES THAT THE PANAMA CANAL ACT OF 1979 (93 STAT.
 456) SPECIFICALLY EXTENDED COVERAGE OF THE FEDERAL SERVICE
 LABOR-MANAGEMENT RELATIONS STATUTE TO, AMONG OTHERS, EMPLOYEES OF
 EXECUTIVE AGENCIES OPERATING IN THE AREA OF THE REPUBLIC OF PANAMA.  THE
 AUTHORITY'S DECISION IN THESE CASES IS LIMITED TO THE SPECIAL
 CIRCUMSTANCES WHICH EXIST WITH RESPECT TO THAT EXTENDED COVERAGE AND TO
 THE FACTS SURROUNDING THESE CASES.
 
    /2/ THE ORIGINAL PETITIONS IN CASE NOS. 6-RO-53(P) AND 6-RO-54(P)
 WERE LIMITED TO NON-UNITED STATES CITIZENS.  LIKEWISE, THE PETITION IN
 CASE NO. 6-RO-54(P) WAS ORIGINALLY DESCRIBED AS INCLUDING BOTH
 NON-APPROPRIATED AND APPROPRIATED FUND EMPLOYEES.  DURING THE COURSE OF
 THE HEARING THE UNIT DESCRIPTIONS WERE AMENDED SEVERAL TIMES, AND AS NOW
 SOUGHT INCLUDE BOTH UNITED STATES CITIZENS AND NON-UNITED STATES
 CITIZENS AND EXCLUDE NON-APPROPRIATED FUND EMPLOYEES.
 
    /3/ THE ORIGINAL PETITION SOUGHT BOTH REGISTERED NURSES AND LICENSED
 PRACTICAL NURSES (LPN'S).  HOWEVER, DURING THE COURSE OF THE HEARING THE
 PARTIES STIPULATED THAT LPN'S WERE NOT PROFESSIONALS WITHIN THE MEANING
 OF THE STATUTE.  ACCORDINGLY, THE UNIT DESCRIPTION IN CASE NO.
 6-RO-27(P) IS AMENDED TO EXCLUDE LPN'S FROM THE PROFESSIONAL UNIT
 SOUGHT.
 
    /4/ AS IN DEFENSE MAPPING AGENCY, INTER-AMERICAN GEODETIC SURVEY, 5
 FLRA NO. 85(1981), AND FOR THE REASONS STATED THEREIN, BEFORE ELECTIONS
 MAY BE HELD IN THE UNIT OR UNITS FOUND APPROPRIATE INFRA, THERE MUST BE
 A NEW POSTING OF NOTICE OF PETITION PURSUANT TO SECTION 2422.4(A) OF THE
 AUTHORITY'S RULES AND REGULATIONS IN ORDER TO INFORM EMPLOYEES OF THE
 CHANGE IN THE IDENTITY OF THE PETITIONER.
 
    /5/ AS NMU INTERVENED IN THE ORIGINAL PETITION IN CASE NO.
 6-RO-54(P), THE AUTHORITY WILL CONSIDER THE APPROPRIATENESS OF BOTH THE
 ORIGINALLY PETITIONED FOR UNIT AS WELL AS THE OVERALL UNIT SOUGHT
 THROUGH AMENDMENT AT THE HEARING.
 
    /6/ THE COALITION IN ITS PROPOSED OVERALL UNIT SEEKS TO INCLUDE THE
 EMPLOYEES OF THE DEFENSE PROPERTY DISPOSAL OFFICE LOCATED AT COROZAL.
 IN A LETTER TO BRIGADE CPO, ENTERED INTO THE RECORD HEREIN, THE DEFENSE
 LOGISTICS AGENCY, ON BEHALF OF THE DEFENSE PROPERTY DISPOSAL OFFICE,
 PANAMA, MAINTAINS THAT THESE EMPLOYEES ARE PART OF AN EXISTING
 EXCLUSIVELY REPRESENTED UNIT OF EMPLOYEES ASSIGNED TO THE DEFENSE
 PROPERTY DISPOSAL REGION, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE, WHICH WAS CERTIFIED IN
 1977, UNDER APPROPRIATE PROVISIONS OF EXECUTIVE ORDER 11491, AS AMENDED.
  HOWEVER, DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY WAS NOT SERVED WITH NOTICE OF THIS
 PROCEEDING, AND HAS NOT BEEN AFFORDED AN OPPORTUNITY TO STATE ITS
 POSITION REGARDING THE UNIT SOUGHT BY THE COALITION.  UNDER THESE
 CIRCUMSTANCES, THE AUTHORITY SHALL NOT PASS UPON WHETHER THE EMPLOYEES
 OF THE DEFENSE PROPERTY DISPOSAL OFFICE, PANAMA SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN
 THE PETITIONED FOR OVERALL UNIT.  NOTWITHSTANDING THE ABOVE, THESE
 EMPLOYEES MAY CHOOSE TO VOTE UNDER CHALLENGE PURSUANT TO THE CHALLENGED
 BALLOTS PROCEDURE CONTAINED IN SECTION 2422.18 OF THE AUTHORITY'S RULES
 AND REGULATIONS.
 
    /7/ THE SOLE EXCEPTION IS THE AREA OF CONSIDERATION FOR REDUCTIONS IN
 FORCE (RIF), WHICH ARE GENERALLY SEPARATE FOR EACH TENANT ORGANIZATION.
 BUT, EVEN HERE, THE ADMINISTRATION OF RIFS IS ACCOMPLISHED BY THE
 BRIGADE'S CPO.
 
    /8/ PANAMA CANAL COMMISSION, 5 FLRA NO. 20(1981), P. 13.
 
    /9/ THE PARTIES COULD NOT AGREE AS TO THE STATUS OF TEMISTOCLES MALO
 AND HARRIETTE NORMAN ON ARMY EXHIBIT 15 AT MEDDAC, NOR CONCERNING CARLOS
 JARVIS ON ARMY EXHIBIT 19 AT BRIGADE.  AS THE RECORD IS INSUFFICIENT TO
 DETERMINE THEIR ELIGIBILITY TO VOTE IN THE ELECTIONS DIRECTED HEREIN,
 THE AUTHORITY DOES NOT PASS ON THEIR ELIGIBILITY.
 
    /10/ THIS STIPULATION IS SET FORTH AS ARMY EXHIBIT 5.
 
    /11/ THE INTERVENOR'S MOTION IS PHRASED AS A REQUEST THAT THE
 AUTHORITY CORRECT AN INADVERTENT ERROR CONTAINED IN ITS DECISION, I.E.,
 THE INTERVENOR'S OMISSION FROM THE BALLOT IN THE OVERALL UNIT.  INASMUCH
 AS NO INADVERTENT ERROR WAS COMMITTED AND IN VIEW OF THE RELIEF SOUGHT
 BY THE INTERVENOR, THE AUTHORITY SHALL TREAT THE INTERVENOR'S REQUEST AS
 A MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION WITHIN THE MEANING OF SECTION 2429.17 OF
 THE AUTHORITY'S RULES AND REGULATIONS.
 
    /12/ DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE DEPENDENTS SCHOOLS, 6 FLRA NO.  55(1981).