Department of the Navy, U.S. Marine Corps (Agency) and American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO (Petitioner)




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08:0015(4)UC
The decision of the Authority follows:


 8 FLRA No. 4
 
 DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY
 U.S. MARINE CORPS
 Agency
 
 and
 
 AMERICAN FEDERATION OF
 GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, AFL-CIO
 Petitioner
 
                                            Case No. 3-UC-10
 
                    DECISION AND DIRECTION OF ELECTION
 
    UPON A PETITION DULY FILED WITH THE FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY
 UNDER SECTION 7112(D) OF THE FEDERAL SERVICE LABOR-MANAGEMENT RELATIONS
 STATUTE, (THE STATUTE), A 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 THIS CASE, INCLUDING A BRIEF FILED BY THE
 AGENCY, THE AUTHORITY FINDS:
 
    THE AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES (PETITIONER) FILED
 THE INSTANT PETITION SEEKING TO CONSOLIDATE 22 UNITS WITHIN THE U.S.
 MARINE CORPS (AGENCY) FOR WHICH IT IS THE EXCLUSIVE REPRESENTATIVE.
 (THE UNITS ARE SET FORTH IN APPENDIX A.)
 
    THE AGENCY CONTENDS THAT THE PROPOSED CONSOLIDATION, WHICH WOULD
 AFFECT 16 OF ITS FIELD ACTIVITIES, IS NOT APPROPRIATE FOR PURPOSES OF
 RECOGNITION BECAUSE IT DOES NOT MEET THE CRITERIA FOR APPROPRIATENESS OF
 UNIT SET FORTH IN SECTION 7112(A)(1) OF THE STATUTE.  /1/ SPECIFICALLY,
 THE AGENCY ARGUES THAT THE MISSIONS AND FUNCTIONS OF THE VARIOUS FIELD
 ACTIVITIES INVOLVED ARE SUFFICIENTLY DIFFERENT AS TO WORK AGAINST A
 FINDING OF COMMONALITY.  IN THIS REGARD, THE AGENCY FURTHER ARGUES THAT
 GIVEN DIFFERENCES IN FUNCTIONS AND DIFFERENCES IN STAFFING PATTERNS AT
 THE VARIOUS FIELD ACTIVITIES A CONCLUSION MUST BE DRAWN THAT THE ACTUAL
 DUTIES OF EMPLOYEES AT THE VARIOUS FACILITIES DIFFER MATERIALLY.  /2/ AS
 TO WORKING CONDITIONS, THE AGENCY ARGUES THAT GIVEN THE WIDE VARIANCE IN
 THE LOCATIONS AND CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING THE FIELD ACTIVITIES,
 SIMILARITIES ARE MINIMIZED AND DO NOT SUPPORT A CONCLUSION THAT
 COMMONALITY EXISTS.  WITH RESPECT TO PROMOTION OF EFFECTIVE DEALINGS,
 THE AGENCY CONTENDS THAT THE PROPOSED CONSOLIDATION WOULD NOT SERVE
 SUCH
 A PURPOSE IN THAT IT WOULD NOT BROADEN THE SCOPE OF BARGAINING AND, IN
 THE ABSENCE OF AN EXISTING CENTRAL LABOR RELATIONS STAFF AT THE MARINE
 CORPS HEADQUARTERS, NO FOCUS EXISTS FOR ADMINISTRATION OF SUCH A
 RELATIONSHIP.  THE AGENCY CITES THIS LATTER FACTOR IN CONJUNCTION WITH A
 DECENTRALIZATION POLICY INVOLVING BROAD DELEGATION OF AUTHORITY AND
 RESPONSIBILITY TO THE FIELD ACTIVITY COMMANDERS AS SUPPORTING A
 CONCLUSION THAT THE PROPOSED CONSOLIDATION WOULD BEAR NO RATIONAL
 RELATIONSHIP TO THE ORGANIZATIONAL AND OPERATIONAL STRUCTURE OF THE
 MARINE CORPS AND CONTENDS THAT THE PROPOSED CONSOLIDATION WOULD NOT
 PROMOTE EFFICIENCY OF OPERATIONS ON THE PART OF THE MARINE CORPS.
 
    ALTHOUGH IT FILED NO BRIEF, THE PETITIONER TOOK THE POSITION AT THE
 HEARING THAT THE PROPOSED CONSOLIDATED UNIT WAS AN APPROPRIATE ONE IN
 THAT IT MET THE CRITERIA SET FORTH IN SECTION 7112(A)(1) OF THE STATUTE.
  (SEE NOTE 1, SUPRA.)
 
                                   FACTS
 
    THE MISSION AND FUNCTION OF THE MARINE CORPS RELATE TO THE
 DEVELOPMENT AND MAINTENANCE OF A FORCE-IN-READINESS FOR THE CONDUCT OF
 AMPHIBIOUS MILITARY OPERATIONS.  MORE SPECIFICALLY, THE PRIMARY MISSION
 OF THE MARINE CORPS IS TO PROVIDE FLEET MARINE FORCES OF COMBINED ARMS,
 TOGETHER WITH SUPPORTING AIR COMPONENTS, FOR THE SEIZURE OR DEFENSE OF
 ADVANCE NAVAL BASES AND THE CONDUCT OF LAND OPERATIONS ESSENTIAL TO A
 NAVAL CAMPAIGN.  COLLATERAL MISSIONS ARE TO PROVIDE DETACHMENTS AND
 ORGANIZATIONS FOR SERVICE ON ARMED VESSELS OF THE NAVY AND TO PROVIDE
 SECURITY DETACHMENTS FOR THE PROTECTION OF NAVAL PROPERTY AT NAVAL
 STATIONS AND BASES.  THE MARINE CORPS IS ALSO RESPONSIBLE FOR
 DEVELOPING, IN COORDINATION WITH THE OTHER SERVICES, THE TACTICS,
 TECHNIQUES, AND EQUIPMENT FOR LANDING FORCES IN AMPHIBIOUS OPERATIONS.
 ANOTHER MISSION IS TO PREPARE FOR WARTIME EXPANSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH
 JOINT MOBILIZATION PLANS, WHICH MAY REQUIRE ACTIVATION OF RESERVE FORCES
 WHEN NECESSARY.
 
    THE MARINE CORPS IS A SEPARATE SERVICE WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF THE
 NAVY.  IT IS HEADED BY THE COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS WHO IS A
 MEMBER OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF.  THE AUTHORITY OF THE COMMANDANT
 FLOWS FROM THE REASSIGNMENT AND DELEGATION OF AUTHORITY VESTED IN THE
 SECRETARY OF THE NAVY TO WHOM THE COMMANDANT REPORTS DIRECTLY.  THE
 RECORD INDICATES THAT THE MARINE CORPS HAS FOUR PRINCIPAL COMPONENTS:
 HEADQUARTERS, OPERATING FORCES, SUPPORTING ESTABLISHMENT AND MARINE
 CORPS RESERVES.  THE MISSION AND FUNCTIONS OF THE OPERATING FORCES
 RELATE DIRECTLY TO THE MILITARY MISSION OF THE MARINE CORPS.  THE OTHER
 COMPONENTS EXIST TO SUPPORT THAT ELEMENT.  IN THIS REGARD, HEADQUARTERS
 CONSISTS OF THE COMMANDANT AND THOSE STAFF AGENCIES WHICH ADVISE AND
 ASSIST HIM IN THE DISCHARGE OF HIS RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE TOTAL
 PERFORMANCE OF THE MARINE CORPS.  THE MARINE CORPS RESERVE IS
 RESPONSIBLE FOR PROVIDING TRAINED AND QUALIFIED UNITS AND INDIVIDUALS TO
 BE AVAILABLE FOR ACTIVE DUTY AS MAY BE REQUIRED.  THE SUPPORTING
 ESTABLISHMENT, WHICH IS COMPOSED OF MILITARY AND CIVILIAN PERSONNEL,
 PROVIDES THE DEVELOPMENT, PROCUREMENT, TRAINING, ADMINISTRATION, AND
 LOGISTICAL SUPPORT REQUIRED TO PERFORM THE MISSION OF THE MARINE CORPS.
 
    THE UNITS WHICH THE PETITIONER SEEKS TO CONSOLIDATE CONSIST OF
 APPROPRIATED FUND EMPLOYEES ASSIGNED TO THE SUPPORTING ESTABLISHMENT.
 THAT ORGANIZATIONAL ELEMENT INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING:
 
    1.  MARINE CORPS BASES, CAMPS AND UNIT TRAINING CENTERS.
 
    2.  MARINE CORPS AVIATION INSTALLATIONS.
 
    3.  MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS INSTALLATIONS.
 
    4.  MARINE CORPS INDIVIDUAL TRAINING INSTALLATIONS.
 
    5.  MARINE CORPS RECRUITING ACTIVITIES.
 
    6.  MARINE CORPS RESERVE SUPPORT ACTIVITIES.
 
    7.  SPECIAL SUPPORTING ACTIVITIES.
 
    MARINE CORPS BASES, CAMPS AND UNIT TRAINING CENTERS ARE ORGANIZED TO
 SUPPORT AND CONTRIBUTE TO THE READINESS OF THE FLEET MARINE FORCES UNITS
 OR OTHER UNITS BASED THEREON.  THEY PROVIDE HOUSING, TRAINING
 FACILITIES, LOGISTICAL SUPPORT, ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT, RESEARCH AND
 DEVELOPMENT SUPPORT AND OTHER SUPPORT AS DIRECTED BY THEIR INDIVIDUAL
 MISSION ASSIGNMENTS.  INVOLVED IN THE INSTANT PETITION ARE EMPLOYEES AT
 THE MARINE CORPS BASE, CAMP LEJEUNE (NORTH CAROLINA);  THE MARINE CORPS
 AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER (FORMERLY THE MARINE CORPS BASE), TWENTY-NINE
 PALMS (CALIFORNIA);  AND THE MARINE CORPS BASE, CAMP SMEDLEY D. BUTLER
 (OKINAWA, JAPAN).
 
    MARINE CORPS AVIATION INSTALLATIONS SUPPORT AND CONTRIBUTE TO THE
 READINESS OF FLEET MARINE FORCE UNITS OR OTHER UNITS, INCLUDING NAVY
 AVIATION UNITS, BASED THEREON.  COVERED UNDER THE INSTANT PETITION ARE
 EMPLOYEES AT THE MARINE CORPS AIR STATION, BEAUFORT (SOUTH CAROLINA);
 THE MARINE CORPS AIR STATION, CHERRY POINT (NORTH CAROLINA);  THE MARINE
 CORPS AIR STATION, EL TORO (CALIFORNIA);  THE MARINE CORPS AIR STATION,
 KANEOHE BAY (HAWAII);  THE MARINE CORPS AIR STATION (HELICOPTER), NEW
 RIVER (NORTH CAROLINA);  AND THE MARINE CORPS AIR STATION (HELICOPTER),
 TUSTIN, ALSO REFERRED TO AS SANTA ANA (CALIFORNIA).  THE FIRST FOUR
 ACTIVITIES ARE ALSO SPECIFICALLY ASSIGNED RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE
 MAINTENANCE AND OPERATION OF THE FACILITIES INVOLVED.  NEW RIVER IS
 SUPPORTED, IN THIS RESPECT, BY CAMP LEJEUNE AND TUSTIN IS SUPPORTED BY
 EL TORO.
 
    MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASES HAVE AS THEIR PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY THE
 ACQUISITION, STORAGE, MAINTENANCE, DISTRIBUTION AND DISPOSAL OF
 MATERIEL.  INVOLVED IN THE INSTANT PETITION ARE EMPLOYEES AT THE MARINE
 CORPS LOGISTICS BASE, ALBANY (GEORGIA) AND THE MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS
 BASE, BARSTOW (CALIFORNIA).
 
    THE MARINE CORPS INDIVIDUAL TRAINING INSTALLATIONS ARE RESPONSIBLE
 FOR TRAINING MARINE CORPS PERSONNEL.  INCLUDED IN THE PROPOSED
 CONSOLIDATED UNIT ARE EMPLOYEES AT THE MARINE CORPS DEVELOPMENT AND
 EDUCATION COMMAND, QUANTICO (VIRGINIA);  THE MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT,
 PARRIS ISLAND (SOUTH CAROLINA);  AND THE MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT, SAN
 DIEGO (CALIFORNIA).  QUANTICO ALSO HAS A RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
 FUNCTION AND, IN ADDITION, HAS AN AIR FACILITY UNDER ITS COMMAND.
 
    THE MARINE CORPS RECRUITING ACTIVITIES ARE OVERSEEN BY THE RECRUIT
 DEPOTS AND ARE INVOLVED WITH THE PROCUREMENT OF MILITARY PERSONNEL FOR
 THE REGULAR AND RESERVE COMPONENTS OF THE MARINE CORPS.  COVERED BY THE
 INSTANT PETITION ARE EMPLOYEES OF THE 4TH MARINE CORPS DISTRICT,
 PHILADELPHIA (PENNSYLVANIA), WHICH IS ONE OF SIX SUCH DISTRICTS.
 
    THE MARINE CORPS RESERVE SUPPORT ACTIVITIES ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR
 ADMINISTERING, TRAINING, AND OTHERWISE SUPPORTING THE MARINE CORPS
 RESERVE.  NONE OF THE PETITIONED FOR ACTIVITIES AND INSTALLATIONS FALL
 DIRECTLY INTO THIS CATEGORY. /3/ NOTWITHSTANDING THE FACT THAT NO
 ACTIVITY IN THE PETITIONED FOR UNIT FALLS DIRECTLY INTO THIS CATEGORY,
 SOME OF THE ACTIVITIES INVOLVED IN THE PETITIONED FOR UNIT (E.G., THE
 MARINE DISTRICTS AND MARINE CORPS FINANCE CENTER) HAVE, AS COLLATERAL
 FUNCTIONS, RESPONSIBILITY FOR PROVIDING SUPPORT TO THE MARINE CORPS
 RESERVE.
 
    SPECIAL SUPPORTING ACTIVITIES, AS THE CATEGORY IMPLIES, ARE CERTAIN
 ACTIVITIES NOT TYPICAL OF THE TYPE FOUND IN THE SUPPORTING
 ESTABLISHMENT, BUT NEVERTHELESS ARE ORGANIZATIONALLY A PART OF THE
 ESTABLISHMENT.  THE MARINE CORPS FINANCE CENTER, KANSAS CITY (MISSOURI),
 DESCRIBED AS THE CENTRAL PAY OFFICE FOR THE MARINE CORPS AND THE MARINE
 CORPS RESERVE, IS RESPONSIBLE FOR COMMANDING, COORDINATING AND
 SUPERVISING THE DISBURSEMENT OF FUNDS IN PAYMENT OF ALL MILITARY
 ALLOTMENTS, ANNUITIES AND PAYROLLS, AND PAYMENT OF PUBLIC BILLS AND
 CIVILIAN PAYROLLS IN ASSIGNED AREAS.  THE MARINE CORPS AUTOMATED
 SERVICES CENTER, KANSAS CITY, IS RESPONSIBLE FOR PERFORMING DATA
 PROCESSING IN SUPPORT OF MARINE CORPS CENTRALLY CONTROLLED AUTOMATED
 DATA SYSTEMS.  AS A SECONDARY FUNCTION IT PROVIDES DATA PROCESSING
 SUPPORT TO THE OPERATING FORCES AND THE SUPPORTING ESTABLISHMENT.
 
    THE COMMANDERS OF THE MAJOR FIELD ACTIVITIES, WHICH CONSTITUTE THE
 SUPPORTING ESTABLISHMENT, REPORT DIRECTLY TO THE COMMANDANT WITH NO
 INTERVENING LEVEL OF AUTHORITY.  OF THE APPROXIMATELY 16,000 CIVILIAN
 EMPLOYEES ASSIGNED TO THE SUPPORTING ESTABLISHMENT WHO ARE PAID FROM
 APPROPRIATED FUNDS, APPROXIMATELY 12,000 ARE INCLUDED IN UNITS OF
 RECOGNITION.  OF THESE, 9,000 TO 10,000 ARE INCLUDED IN THE PROPOSED
 CONSOLIDATED UNIT.  THE CIVILIANS FALL INTO A VARIETY OF POSITIONS IN
 THE CLERICAL, ADMINISTRATIVE, TECHNICAL, CRAFT AND LABORER CATEGORIES.
 THE DEGREE OF SIMILARITY AMONG THE EMPLOYMENT COMPLEMENTS ASSIGNED TO
 THE VARIOUS INSTALLATIONS IS, TO SOME EXTENT, DEPENDENT UPON THE
 SPECIFIC NATURE OF THE INSTALLATIONS (I.E., AIR STATION, BASE, TRAINING
 CENTER, ETC.) AND WHETHER THE PARTICULAR ACTIVITY HAS ACTUAL
 RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE MAINTENANCE AND OPERATION OF THE PHYSICAL AREA
 AND FACILITIES WHICH CONSTITUTE THE PARTICULAR INSTALLATION.  IN THIS
 REGARD THE STAFFING PATTERNS OF THOSE ACTIVITIES WHICH ARE MOST ALIKE IN
 TERMS OF SPECIFIC FUNCTIONS ARE THE MOST SIMILAR.  THERE IS A
 SIGNIFICANT DEGREE OF COMMONALITY WITH RESPECT TO THE PARTICULAR TYPES
 OF EMPLOYEES FOUND THROUGHOUT THE PROPOSED UNIT, AND THERE IS SOME
 TRANSFER (NOT SIGNIFICANT) OF EMPLOYEES BETWEEN MARINE CORPS ACTIVITIES.
 
    THE ACTIVITIES WHICH CONSTITUTE THE SUPPORTING ESTABLISHMENT ARE
 GENERALLY LOCATED IN THE SOUTHERN HALF OF THE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES
 AND THE PACIFIC.  THOSE ON THE CONTINENTAL U.S. TEND TO BE CONCENTRATED
 IN OR NEAR THE COASTAL AREAS.  THEIR LOCATIONS RANGE FROM LARGE URBAN
 AREAS TO REMOTE AND/OR RURAL AREAS.  THEIR PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT RANGES
 FROM SPACE LEASED FROM THE GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION (GSA) TO A
 BASE APPROACHING 100,000 ACRES IN SIZE.  SOME ARE SUBJECT TO RELATIVELY
 MODERATE CLIMATIC CONDITIONS AND OTHERS MUST CONTEND WITH SEVERE DESERT
 HEAT IN THE SUMMER.  THE SAME CHARACTERISTICS APPLY TO THE ACTIVITIES
 INVOLVED IN THE PROPOSED CONSOLIDATED UNIT.
 
    THE CIVILIAN PERSONNEL PROGRAM OF THE MARINE CORPS IS GOVERNED BY THE
 POLICIES, RULES AND REGULATIONS ESTABLISHED BY THE OFFICE OF PERSONNEL
 MANAGEMENT, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AND DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY.  THE
 COMMANDANT'S ROLE WITH RESPECT TO PERSONNEL IS TO OVERSEE THE
 IMPLEMENTATION OF CIVILIAN PERSONNEL POLICIES ESTABLISHED BY THE
 DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY AND HIGHER LEVELS.  ALL PERSONNEL POLICIES UNDER
 WHICH THE MARINE CORPS OPERATES ARE INITIATED AT A HIGHER LEVEL THAN THE
 MARINE CORPS.  THE CIVILIAN PERSONNEL PROGRAM SECTION AT HEADQUARTERS,
 MARINE CORPS, IS RESPONSIBLE FOR PROVIDING STAFF ASSISTANCE TO THE
 COMMANDANT IN HIS ROLE OF IMPLEMENTING PERSONNEL POLICIES.  IT PROVIDES
 ADVISORY SERVICE TO AND PARTICIPATES IN REVIEW OF THE FIELD ACTIVITIES
 BUT HAS NO LINE AUTHORITY OVER THE ACTIVITY CIVILIAN PERSONNEL OFFICES
 WHICH, INSTEAD, REPORT TO THE ACTIVITY COMMANDING OFFICER.
 
    WITH RESPECT TO LABOR RELATIONS, THE RECORD REVEALS THAT, WHILE THERE
 ARE LABOR RELATIONS STAFFS AT SOME FIELD ACTIVITIES, THERE IS NONE AT
 MARINE CORPS HEADQUARTERS.  RATHER, THE MARINE CORPS COMMANDANT RELIES
 ON THE DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY'S OFFICE OF ASSISTANT DEPUTY OF NAVAL
 OPERATIONS FOR CIVILIAN PERSONNEL AND EEO (OP-14) FOR LABOR RELATIONS
 ADVICE AND CENTRALIZED FUNCTIONS AND MARINE CORPS FIELD ACTIVITIES
 GENERALLY DEAL DIRECTLY WITH OP-14 IN LABOR RELATIONS MATTERS.  OP-14
 PROVIDES REPRESENTATION IN ALL THIRD PARTY PROCEEDINGS THROUGHOUT THE
 DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY (INCLUDING THE MARINE CORPS);  IT IS RESPONSIBLE
 FOR REVIEWING ALL NEGOTIATED AGREEMENTS AND IS RESPONSIBLE FOR PROVIDING
 TRAINING, ADVICE AND ASSISTANCE IN THE LABOR RELATIONS AREA.
 
    INSOFAR AS BARGAINING HISTORY IS CONCERNED, CONTRACTS HAVE BEEN
 NEGOTIATED AT THE LOCAL LEVEL.  MANAGEMENT BARGAINING TEAMS IN THE PAST
 HAVE CONSISTED OF LOCAL ACTIVITY REPRESENTATIVES AND UNION TEAMS HAVE
 BEEN SIMILARLY COMPOSED, ALTHOUGH IN A NUMBER OF INSTANCES A NATIONAL
 REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE UNION HAS PARTICIPATED.  HOWEVER, PURSUANT TO A
 DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY REQUIREMENT, ACTIVITY CHIEF NEGOTIATORS MUST HAVE
 HAD TRAINING IN CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS (OP-14 OFFERS 4 SUCH COURSES PER
 YEAR) AND OP-14 MUST BE NOTIFIED AND CONSULTED ON ANY POTENTIAL
 DECLARATIONS OF NONNEGOTIABILITY.  MOREOVER, OP-14 REVIEWS AND APPROVES
 ALL CONTRACTS ON BEHALF OF THE COMMANDANT AND THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY.
  DURING THE CONDUCT OF BARGAINING RELATIONSHIPS, OP-14 MUST APPROVE ANY
 APPEALS UNDERTAKEN TO ARBITRATORS' AWARDS AND IT MUST BE NOTIFIED OF ANY
 UNFAIR LABOR PRACTICE CHARGES FILED, AND, UPON NOTIFICATION, REPRESENTS
 THE ACTIVITY INVOLVED.  ALSO, THE RECORD REVEALS THAT THE LOCAL
 ACTIVITIES HAVE SOUGHT ADVICE AND ASSISTANCE FROM OP-14 ON VARIOUS
 MATTERS RELATING TO THE BARGAINING RELATIONSHIP (FOR EXAMPLE, ONE
 ACTIVITY - QUANTICO - RELIED UPON OP-14 FOR ASSISTANCE IN RESEARCHING
 AND ANALYZING CONTRACT PROPOSALS IN PREPARATION FOR NEGOTIATIONS).
 
                                DISCUSSION
 
    IN DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, 5 FLRA NO. 89(1981), THE AUTHORITY
 NOTED THAT SECTION 7112(A)(1) OF THE STATUTE REQUIRES THAT ANY UNIT
 FOUND APPROPRIATE MUST CONFORM TO THE THREE CRITERIA ESTABLISHED BY THAT
 SECTION-- A CLEAR AND IDENTIFIABLE COMMUNITY OF INTEREST AMONG THE
 EMPLOYEES IN THE UNIT, THE PROMOTION OF EFFECTIVE DEALINGS WITH, AND THE
 EFFICIENCY OF THE OPERATIONS OF, THE AGENCY INVOLVED.  THE AUTHORITY
 FURTHER NOTED THAT SECTION 7112(D), /4/ WHICH PROVIDES FOR THE
 CONSOLIDATION OF EXISTING UNITS INTO A SINGLE MORE COMPREHENSIVE UNIT,
 REQUIRES THAT SUCH CONSOLIDATED UNIT MUST MEET THE SAME THREE CRITERIA
 REQUIRED OF ANY UNIT FOUND APPROPRIATE.
 
    IN ADDITION TO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, THE AUTHORITY HAS ISSUED
 TWO OTHER DECISIONS INVOLVING THE CONSOLIDATION OF UNITS UNDER THE
 STATUTE.  IN ONE THE AUTHORITY FOUND THE PROPOSED UNIT APPROPRIATE FOR
 CONSOLIDATION (ARMY AND AIR FORCE EXCHANGE SERVICE, DALLAS, TEXAS, 5
 FLRA NO. 90(1981)), AND IN THE OTHER IT FOUND THE PROPOSED UNIT
 INAPPROPRIATE (DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, 5
 FLRA NO. 91(1981)).  IN MAKING ITS DETERMINATIONS ON THE APPROPRIATENESS
 OF THE PROPOSED CONSOLIDATED UNITS, THE AUTHORITY CONSIDERED SEVERAL
 FACTORS.  PRIMARY AMONG THEM WERE:  THE DEGREE OF COMMONALITY AND
 INTEGRATION OF THE MISSION AND FUNCTION OF THE COMPONENTS INVOLVED;  THE
 DISTRIBUTION OF THE EMPLOYEES INVOLVED THROUGHOUT THE ORGANIZATIONAL AND
 GEOGRAPHICAL COMPONENTS OF THE AGENCY;  THE DEGREE OF SIMILARITY IN THE
 OCCUPATIONAL UNDERTAKINGS OF THE EMPLOYEES IN THE PROPOSED UNIT;  AND
 THE LOCUS AND SCOPE OF PERSONNEL AND LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY AND
 FUNCTIONS.
 
    THE AUTHORITY FINDS THAT THE EMPLOYEES IN THE PROPOSED CONSOLIDATED
 UNIT SHARE A CLEAR AND IDENTIFIABLE COMMUNITY OF INTEREST.  THE MISSION
 OF THE MARINE CORPS IS OF A UNIFIED, INTEGRATED NATURE IN THAT IT IS
 ESSENTIALLY THE DEVELOPMENT AND MAINTENANCE OF MILITARY FORCES FOR THE
 PURPOSES OF SECURITY AND THE CONDUCT OF AMPHIBIOUS MILITARY OPERATIONS.
 THE SUPPORTING ESTABLISHMENT IS CHARGED WITH PROVIDING SUPPORT FOR THE
 ACCOMPLISHMENT OF THAT MISSION.  HENCE, THE EMPLOYEES IN THE PROPOSED
 CONSOLIDATED UNIT ARE INVOLVED IN A COMMON MISSION.  MOREOVER, IN THE
 PURSUIT OF THIS MISSION THE VARIOUS ACTIVITIES INVOLVED IN THE PROPOSED
 CONSOLIDATED UNIT BEAR A RELATIONSHIP IN THAT THEY PERFORM SIMILAR OR
 SUPPORTIVE FUNCTIONS.  FOR EXAMPLE, THE MARINE CORPS FINANCE CENTER
 PERFORMS A PAYROLL FUNCTION WHICH WOULD BENEFIT MARINE CORPS PERSONNEL
 STATIONED THROUGHOUT THE ACTIVITIES IN THE PROPOSED UNITS AND THE
 DOCTRINE, TACTICS, TECHNIQUES AND EQUIPMENT DEVELOPED AT QUANTICO ARE
 UTILIZED BY OTHER ACTIVITIES IN THE PROPOSED UNIT.  THUS, IN ADDITION TO
 EXISTENCE OF A COMMON MISSION THERE EXISTS A SUBSTANTIAL DEGREE OF
 FUNCTIONAL INTEGRATION THROUGHOUT THE SUPPORTING ESTABLISHMENT.
 (COMPARE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, SUPRA, WHEREIN THE AUTHORITY FOUND
 THAT THE ACTIVITIES INVOLVED IN THE PROPOSED CONSOLIDATED UNIT POSSESSED
 A WIDE DIVERSION OF DISPARATE MISSIONS.)
 
    MOREOVER, THE AUTHORITY FINDS THAT THE EMPLOYEES IN THE PROPOSED UNIT
 ARE SUFFICIENTLY WELL DISTRIBUTED THROUGHOUT THE ORGANIZATIONAL ELEMENTS
 WHICH MAKE UP THE SUPPORTING ESTABLISHMENT AND THAT THEIR GEOGRAPHIC
 DISTRIBUTION SUFFICIENTLY REFLECTS THAT OF THE SUPPORTING ESTABLISHMENT
 SO AS TO CONSTITUTE A MEANINGFUL CONSOLIDATED UNIT OF ALL MARINE CORPS
 EMPLOYEES WHO ARE REPRESENTED BY THE PETITIONER.  IN THIS REGARD,
 EMPLOYEES FROM EACH OF THE MAJOR TYPES OF INSTALLATIONS WHICH MAKE UP
 THE SUPPORTING ESTABLISHMENT (I.E., BASES, AVIATION INSTALLATIONS,
 LOGISTICS BASES, TRAINING CENTERS, RECRUITING ACTIVITIES AND
 MISCELLANEOUS ACTIVITIES) ARE INCLUDED AND THEY ARE DISTRIBUTED THROUGH
 THE SAME GEOGRAPHICAL AREAS (I.E., SOUTHEASTERN AND SOUTHWESTERN UNITED
 STATES AND PACIFIC AREA), AND IN A SIMILAR FASHION, AS THE SUPPORTING
 ESTABLISHMENT IN TOTO.  (COMPARE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, ID., WHEREIN
 THE AUTHORITY FOUND THAT THE EMPLOYEES IN THE PROPOSED CONSOLIDATED UNIT
 WERE NOT SUFFICIENTLY WELL DISTRIBUTED THROUGHOUT THE ADMINISTRATIVE AND
 GEOGRAPHICAL STRUCTURE OF THE AGENCY SO AS TO CONSTITUTE A MEANINGFUL
 CONSOLIDATED UNIT.) THEY ARE IN JOB CLASSIFICATIONS WHICH REFLECT THOSE
 OF THE ORGANIZATION AS A WHOLE AND, TO A SIGNIFICANT DEGREE, ARE ENGAGED
 IN SIMILAR OCCUPATIONAL UNDERTAKINGS.  (COMPARE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS,
 ID., WHEREIN THE AUTHORITY FOUND A COMPLETE LACK OF COMMONALITY OF JOB
 CLASSIFICATIONS.) THEY ARE UNDER THE COMMON, OVERALL SUPERVISION OF THE
 COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS AND ARE SUBJECT TO SIMILAR PERSONNEL
 POLICIES AS PROMULGATED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY AND IMPLEMENTED BY
 THE COMMANDANT.  BASED ON THE FOREGOING THE AUTHORITY CONCLUDES THAT THE
 PROPOSED CONSOLIDATED UNIT WILL ENSURE A CLEAR AND IDENTIFIABLE
 COMMUNITY OF INTEREST AMONG THE EMPLOYEES WHO WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE
 PROPOSED CONSOLIDATED UNIT.
 
    IN REGARD TO WHETHER THE PETITIONED FOR CONSOLIDATED UNIT WOULD
 PROMOTE EFFECTIVE DEALINGS WITH, AND EFFICIENCY OF OPERATIONS OF, THE
 AGENCY, THE AUTHORITY NOTES THAT WHILE PERSONNEL AND LABOR RELATIONS
 ACTIVITES HAVE, FOR THE MOST PART, BEEN CONDUCTED AT THE LOCAL LEVEL,
 THE COMMANDANT RETAINS ULTIMATE AUTHORITY AND RESPONSIBILITY.  MOREOVER,
 DESPITE THE FACT THAT CONTRACTS HAVE BEEN NEGOTIATED AT THE LOCAL LEVEL,
 THE COMMANDANT HAS RETAINED AND EXERCISED APPROVAL AUTHORITY OVER THEM.
 ALTHOUGH THE COMMANDANT DOES NOT HAVE ON HIS IMMEDIATE STAFF ANYONE WITH
 LABOR RELATIONS EXPERTISE, HE HAS ACCESS TO A STAFF WITHIN THE
 DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WHICH IS CHARGED WITH PROVIDING GUIDANCE AND
 ASSISTANCE IN SUCH MATTERS TO THE MARINE CORPS.  BASED ON THE EXISTENCE
 OF COMMON OVERALL SUPERVISION WHICH ENCOMPASSES OVERALL PERSONNEL AND
 LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY AND RESPONSIBILITY, THE AUTHORITY FINDS THAT
 THE PROPOSED CONSOLIDATED UNIT WILL PROMOTE EFFECTIVE DEALINGS AND
 EFFICIENCY OF THE AGENCY'S OPERATIONS.  FURTHER, THE AUTHORITY CONCLUDES
 THAT EFFECTIVE DEALINGS AND EFFICIENCY OF THE AGENCY'S OPERATIONS WILL
 BE ENHANCED BY THE PROPOSED CONSOLIDATED UNIT, WHICH COVERS ALL OF THE
 EMPLOYEES PAID FROM APPROPRIATED FUNDS REPRESENTED BY THE AFGE WITHIN
 THE MARINE CORPS, AS IT WILL PROVIDE FOR BARGAINING BY THE AFGE WITHIN
 THE MARINE CORPS, AS IT WILL PROVIDE FOR BARGAINING IN A SINGLE UNIT
 RATHER THAN IN THE EXISTING 22 BARGAINING UNITS, THEREBY REDUCING
 FRAGMENTATION AND PROMOTING A MORE EFFECTIVE, COMPREHENSIVE BARGAINING
 UNIT STRUCTURE TO EFFECTUATE THE PURPOSES OF THE STATUTE.  /5/
 
    ACCORDINGLY, THE AUTHORITY FINDS, CONDITIONED ON THE FOLLOWING, THAT
 THE PETITIONED FOR CONSOLIDATED UNIT, CONSISTING OF THE EMPLOYEES AS SET
 FORTH IN APPENDIX A, IS APPROPRIATE FOR THE PURPOSE OF EXCLUSIVE
 RECOGNITION UNDER THE STATUTE.
 
    PURSUANT TO THE REQUEST OF THE MARINE CORPS, AS THE PROPOSED
 CONSOLIDATED UNIT IS FOUND TO BE APPROPRIATE, AN ELECTION WILL BE
 DIRECTED TO DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT THE EMPLOYEES INVOLVED DESIRE TO BE
 REPRESENTED IN THE PROPOSED CONSOLIDATED UNIT BY THE AFGE.  THE UNIT
 FOUND APPROPRIATE INCLUDES PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES.  HOWEVER, THE
 AUTHORITY IS PROHIBITED BY SECTION 7112 OF THE STATUTE FROM INCLUDING
 PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES IN A UNIT WITH NONPROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES UNLESS A
 MAJORITY OF THE PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES VOTES FOR INCLUSION IN SUCH A
 UNIT.  ACCORDINGLY, THE DESIRES OF THE PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES AS TO
 THEIR INCLUSION IN A UNIT WITH NONPROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES MUST BE
 ASCERTAINED, AND THE AUTHORITY WILL DIRECT THAT SEPARATE ELECTIONS BE
 CONDUCTED IN THE FOLLOWING VOTING GROUPS:
 
    VOTING GROUP (A):  ALL THE ELIGIBLE PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES IN THE
 UNITS SET FORTH IN APPENDIX A.
 
    VOTING GROUP (B):  ALL THE ELIGIBLE NONPROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES IN THE
 UNITS SET FORTH IN APPENDIX A.
 
    EMPLOYEES IN THE NONPROFESSIONAL VOTING GROUP (B) WILL BE POLLED
 WHETHER THEY DESIRE TO BE REPRESENTED FOR THE PURPOSE OF EXCLUSIVE
 RECOGNITION IN THE PROPOSED CONSOLIDATED UNIT BY THE AMERICAN FEDERATION
 OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES.
 
    EMPLOYEES IN THE PROFESSIONAL VOTING GROUP (A) WILL BE ASKED TWO
 QUESTIONS ON THEIR BALLOTS:  (1) WHETHER THEY DESIRE TO BE REPRESENTED
 FOR THE PURPOSE OF EXCLUSIVE RECOGNITION IN THE PROPOSED CONSOLIDATED
 UNIT BY THE AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, AND (2) WHETHER
 THEY DESIRE TO BE REPRESENTED IN A SEPARATE CONSOLIDATED PROFESSIONAL
 UNIT IF THE PROPOSED CONSOLIDATED UNIT IS APPROVED BY A MAJORITY OF ALL
 THE EMPLOYEES VOTING.
 
    THE VALID VOTES CAST BY ALL THE ELIGIBLE EMPLOYEES WILL BE TALLIED TO
 DETERMINE IF A MAJORITY OF THE VALID VOTES HAS BEEN CAST IN FAVOR OF THE
 PROPOSED CONSOLIDATED UNIT.  IF A MAJORITY OF THE VALID VOTES HAS NOT
 BEEN CAST IN FAVOR OF THE PROPOSED CONSOLIDATED UNIT, THE EMPLOYEES WILL
 BE TAKEN TO HAVE INDICATED THEIR DESIRE TO CONTINUE TO BE REPRESENTED IN
 THEIR CURRENT UNITS OF EXCLUSIVE RECOGNITION.  IF A MAJORITY OF THE
 VALID VOTES IS CAST IN FAVOR OF THE PROPOSED CONSOLIDATED UNIT, THE
 BALLOTS OF THE PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES IN VOTING GROUP (A) WILL THEN BE
 TALLIED TO DETERMINE WHETHER THEY WISH TO BE INCLUDED IN THE SAME
 CONSOLIDATED UNIT WITH THE NONPROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES.  UNLESS A MAJORITY
 OF THE VALID VOTES OF VOTING GROUP (A) IS CAST FOR INCLUSION IN THE SAME
 CONSOLIDATED UNIT AS THE NONPROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES, THE PROFESSIONAL
 EMPLOYEES WILL BE TAKEN TO HAVE INDICATED THEIR DESIRE TO CONSTITUTE A
 SEPARATE CONSOLIDATED PROFESSIONAL UNIT, AND AN APPROPRIATE
 CERTIFICATION WILL BE ISSUED BY THE REGIONAL DIRECTOR.
 
    THE UNIT DETERMINATION IN THE SUBJECT CASE THUS IS BASED IN PART UPON
 THE RESULTS OF THE ELECTION AMONG THE PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES.  HOWEVER,
 THE AUTHORITY MAKES THE FOLLOWING FINDINGS IN REGARD TO THE APPROPRIATE
 UNIT OR UNITS:
 
    1.  IF A MAJORITY OF THE PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES DOES NOT VOTE FOR
 INCLUSION IN THE SAME UNIT AS THE NONPROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES, THE
 AUTHORITY FINDS THE FOLLOWING UNITS APPROPRIATE FOR THE PURPOSE OF
 EXCLUSIVE RECOGNITION WITHIN THE MEANING OF SECTION 7112 OF THE STATUTE:
 
    (A) ALL ELIGIBLE PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES IN THE UNITS SET FORTH IN
 APPENDIX A.
 
    (B) ALL ELIGIBLE NONPROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES IN THE UNITS SET FORTH IN
 APPENDIX A.
 
    IF A MAJORITY OF THE PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES VOTES FOR INCLUSION IN
 THE SAME CONSOLIDATED UNIT AS THE NONPROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES, THE
 AUTHORITY FINDS THE FOLLOWING UNIT APPROPRIATE FOR THE PURPOSE OF
 EXCLUSIVE RECOGNITION WITHIN THE MEANING OF SECTION 7112 OF THE STATUTE:
 
    ALL ELIGIBLE PROFESSIONAL AND NONPROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES IN THE UNITS
 SET FORTH IN APPENDIX A.
 
                           DIRECTION OF ELECTION
 
    AN ELECTION BY SECRET BALLOT SHALL BE CONDUCTED AMONG THE EMPLOYEES
 IN THE UNIT FOUND APPROPRIATE AS SOON AS FEASIBLE.  THE APPROPRIATE
 REGIONAL DIRECTOR SHALL SUPERVISE OR CONDUCT, AS APPROPRIATE, THE
 ELECTION 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 THAT PERIOD BECAUSE THEY WERE OUT ILL, OR ON VACATION,
 OR ON 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 BEEN REHIRED OR REINSTATED BEFORE THE ELECTION DATE.
 
    ISSUED, WASHINGTON, D.C., FEBRUARY 4, 1982
 
                       RONALD W. HAUGHTON, CHAIRMAN
 
                       HENRY B. FRAZIER III, MEMBER
 
                        LEON B. APPLEWHAITE, MEMBER
 
                     FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY
 
                                APPENDIX A
 
                              EXISTING UNITS
 
    INCLUDED:  ALL ELIGIBLE EMPLOYEES AT THE MARINE CORPS SUPPLY CENTER,
 BARSTOW, CALIFORNIA.
 
    EXCLUDED:  ALL SUPERVISORS, MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS AND EMPLOYEES
 ENGAGED IN FEDERAL PERSONNEL WORK IN OTHER THAN A PURELY CLERICAL
 CAPACITY.
 
    INCLUDED:  ALL NONPROFESSIONAL GENERAL SCHEDULE EMPLOYEES EMPLOYED BY
 THE MARINE CORPS AIR STATION, EL TORO, CALIFORNIA.
 
    EXCLUDED:  PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES, MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS,
 FIREFIGHTERS, EMPLOYEES ENGAGED IN FEDERAL PERSONNEL WORK IN OTHER THAN
 A PURELY CLERICAL CAPACITY, CONFIDENTIAL EMPLOYEES AND SUPERVISORS AS
 DEFINED IN EXECUTIVE ORDER 11491, AS AMENDED.
 
    INCLUDED:  ALL CIVIL SERVICE GENERAL SCHEDULE AND WAGE BOARD CIVILIAN
 EMPLOYEES OF THE MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT, SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA.
 
    EXCLUDED:  MANAGERS, SUPERVISORS, PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES, PERSONS
 PERFORMING FEDERAL PERSONNEL WORK IN OTHER THAN A PURELY CLERICAL
 CAPACITY, ALL FIRE PROTECTION PERSONNEL, GUARDS AND TEMPORARY (LIMITED
 TIME) EMPLOYEES.
 
    INCLUDED:  ALL NONSUPERVISORY FIREFIGHTERS AT THE MARINE CORPS AIR
 STATION - EL TORO, SANTA ANA, CALIFORNIA.
 
    EXCLUDED:  ALL SUPERVISORS, MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS AND PERSONNEL
 ENGAGED IN PERSONNEL WORK IN OTHER THAN A PURELY CLERICAL CAPACITY.
 
    INCLUDED:  ALL NONSUPERVISORY WAGE GRADE EMPLOYEES AT THE MARINE
 CORPS AIR STATION - EL TORO, SANTA ANA, CALIFORNIA.
 
    EXCLUDED:  ALL SUPERVISORS, MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS, GS EMPLOYEES AND
 PERSONNEL ENGAGED IN FEDERAL PERSONNEL WORK IN OTHER THAN A PURELY
 CLERICAL CAPACITY.
 
    INCLUDED:  ALL NONSUPERVISORY WAGE GRADE AND GENERAL SCHEDULE
 EMPLOYEES AT THE MARINE CORPS AIR STATION - HELICOPTER - EL TORO, SANTA
 ANA, CALIFORNIA.
 
    EXCLUDED:  ALL SUPERVISORS, MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS AND PERSONNEL
 ENGAGED IN FEDERAL PERSONNEL WORK IN OTHER THAN A PURELY CLERICAL
 CAPACITY.
 
    INCLUDED:  ALL CIVIL SERVICE EMPLOYEES OF THE MARINE CORPS BASE,
 TWENTY-NINE PALMS, CALIFORNIA.
 
    EXCLUDED:  MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS, SUPERVISORS, EMPLOYEES ENGAGED IN
 PERSONNEL WORK OTHER THAN PURELY CLERICAL WORK AND PROFESSIONAL
 EMPLOYEES.
 
    INCLUDED:  ALL APPROPRIATED FUND EMPLOYEES EMPLOYED BY THE MARINE
 CORPS LOGISTICS BASE, ALBANY, GEORGIA.
 
    EXCLUDED:  ALL PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES, MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS,
 SUPERVISORS AND EMPLOYEES DESCRIBED IN 5 USC 7112(B)(2), (3), (4), (6),
 AND (7).
 
    INCLUDED:  ALL ELIGIBLE EMPLOYEES, INCLUDING PROFESSIONALS, AT THE
 U.S. MARINE CORPS AIR STATION, KANEOHE BAY, HAWAII.
 
    EXCLUDED:  ALL SUPERVISORS, MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS AND PERSONNEL
 ENGAGED IN FEDERAL PERSONNEL WORK IN OTHER THAN A PURELY CLERICAL
 CAPACITY.
 
    INCLUDED:  ALL GENERAL SCHEDULE EMPLOYEES OF THE MARINE CORPS FINANCE
 CENTER.
 
    EXCLUDED:  (1) MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS OR SUPERVISORS, (2) EMPLOYEES
 ENGAGED IN FEDERAL PERSONNEL WORK (WITHIN THE MEANING OF SECTION 10 OF
 EXECUTIVE ORDER 11491), (3) GUARDS AND (4) PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES.
 
    INCLUDED:  ALL GENERAL SCHEDULE EMPLOYEES OF THE MARINE CORPS
 AUTOMATED SERVICES CENTER, KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI.
 
    EXCLUDED:  ALL EMPLOYEES ENGAGED IN FEDERAL PERSONNEL WORK IN OTHER
 THAN A PURELY CLERICAL CAPACITY, MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS, CONFIDENTIAL
 EMPLOYEES AND SUPERVISORS AS DEFINED IN THE FEDERAL SERVICE
 LABOR-MANAGEMENT RELATIONS STATUTE.
 
    INCLUDED:  ALL ELIGIBLE EMPLOYEES AT THE U.S. MARINE CORPS BASE, CAMP
 LEJEUNE, NORTH CAROLINA.
 
    EXCLUDED:  ALL SUPERVISORS, MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS, PROFESSIONALS AND
 EMPLOYEES ENGAGED IN FEDERAL PERSONNEL WORK IN OTHER THAN A PURELY
 CLERICAL CAPACITY.
 
    INCLUDED:  ALL CIVIL SERVICE EMPLOYEES OF THE FIRE DIVISION, SECURITY
 DEPARTMENT, MARINE CORPS AIR STATION, CHERRY POINT, NORTH CAROLINA.
 
    EXCLUDED:  ALL SUPERVISORS, MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS AND PERSONNEL
 ENGAGED IN FEDERAL PERSONNEL WORK IN OTHER THAN A PURELY CLERICAL
 CAPACITY.
 
    INCLUDED:  ALL CIVIL SERVICE EMPLOYEES OF THE TELEPHONE BRANCH,
 PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, MARINE CORPS AIR STATION, CHERRY POINT, NORTH
 CAROLINA.
 
    EXCLUDED:  ALL SUPERVISORS, MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS, AND PERSONNEL
 ENGAGED IN FEDERAL PERSONNEL WORK IN OTHER THAN A PURELY CLERICAL
 CAPACITY.
 
    INCLUDED:  ALL NONSUPERVISORY EMPLOYEES AT THE MARINE CORPS AIR
 STATION - HELICOPTER - NEW RIVER - JACKSONVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA.
 
    EXCLUDED:  ALL SUPERVISORS, MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS AND PERSONNEL
 ENGAGED IN FEDERAL PERSONNEL WORK IN OTHER THAN A PURELY CLERICAL
 CAPACITY.
 
    INCLUDED:  ALL GRADED AND UNGRADED APPROPRIATED FUND EMPLOYEES AT THE
 MARINE CORPS AIR STATION, BEAUFORT, SOUTH CAROLINA.
 
    EXCLUDED:  TEACHERS, SUPERVISORS, MANAGEMENT PERSONNEL, PROFESSIONAL
 PERSONNEL AND EMPLOYEES ENGAGED IN FEDERAL PERSONNEL WORK IN OTHER THAN
 A PURELY CLERICAL CAPACITY.
 
    INCLUDED:  ALL CIVIL SERVICE NONSUPERVISORY, NONPROFESSIONAL
 EMPLOYEES OF THE MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT, PARRIS ISLAND, SOUTH
 CAROLINA.
 
    EXCLUDED:  ANY MANAGEMENT OFFICIAL AND ANY EMPLOYEE ENGAGED IN
 PERSONNEL WORK IN OTHER THAN A PURELY CLERICAL CAPACITY WHO ARE EXCLUDED
 BY EXECUTIVE ORDER 10988.
 
    INCLUDED:  ALL NONSUPERVISORY, NONPROFESSIONAL GENERAL SCHEDULE (GS)
 AND WAGE GRADE (WG) EMPLOYEES IN THE COMMISSARY STORE, MARINE CORPS
 BASE, QUANTICO, VIRGINIA.
 
    EXCLUDED:  PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES, EMPLOYEES ENGAGED IN FEDERAL
 PERSONNEL WORK IN OTHER THAN A PURELY CLERICAL CAPACITY, MANAGEMENT
 OFFICIALS AND GUARDS.
 
    INCLUDED:  ALL ELIGIBLE EMPLOYEES OF THE MARINE CORPS AIR STATION,
 QUANTICO, VIRGINIA.
 
    EXCLUDED:  ALL MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS, SUPERVISORS, GUARDS,
 PROFESSIONALS AND EMPLOYEES ENGAGED IN FEDERAL PERSONNEL WORK IN OTHER
 THAN A PURELY CLERICAL CAPACITY.
 
    INCLUDED:  ALL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES OF MARINE CORPS SCHOOLS LESS THE
 EMPLOYEES OF THE SALES COMMISSARY, GRADED EMPLOYEES IN GRADES OF GS-9
 AND ABOVE AND LEADINGMEN (FOREMEN) AND THOSE IN THE UNGRADED SERVICE.
 
    INCLUDED:  ALL NONSUPERVISORY, NONPROFESSIONAL GENERAL SCHEDULE
 EMPLOYEES AT THE MARINE CORPS DISTRICT, PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA.
 
    EXCLUDED:  ALL SUPERVISORS, PROFESSIONALS, MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS AND
 PERSONNEL ENGAGED IN FEDERAL PERSONNEL WORK IN OTHER THAN A PURELY
 CLERICAL CAPACITY.
 
    INCLUDED:  ALL GENERAL SCHEDULE AND FEDERAL WAGE SCHEDULE EMPLOYEES
 OF THE U.S. MARINE CORPS, CAMP SMEDLEY D. BUTLER, OKINAWA.
 
    EXCLUDED:  PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES, MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS, CONFIDENTIAL
 EMPLOYEES, EMPLOYEES ENGAGED IN FEDERAL PERSONNEL WORK IN OTHER THAN A
 PURELY CLERICAL CAPACITY, SUPERVISORS AND EMPLOYEES EXCLUDED FROM
 EXECUTIVE ORDER 11491, AS AMENDED, UNDER THE TERMS OF DOD INSTRUCTION
 1426.1.
 
 
 
 
 
 --------------- FOOTNOTES: ---------------
 
 
    /1/ SEC. 7112. DETERMINATION OF APPROPRIATE UNITS FOR LABOR
 ORGANIZATION REPRESENTATION
 
    (A)(1) THE AUTHORITY SHALL DETERMINE THE APPROPRIATENESS OF ANY UNIT.
  THE AUTHORITY SHALL
 
    DETERMINE IN EACH CASE WHETHER, IN ORDER TO ENSURE EMPLOYEES THE
 FULLEST FREEDOM IN EXERCISING
 
    THE RIGHTS GUARANTEED UNDER THIS CHAPTER, THE APPROPRIATE UNIT SHOULD
 BE ESTABLISHED ON AN
 
    AGENCY, PLANT, INSTALLATION, FUNCTIONAL, OR OTHER BASIS AND SHALL
 DETERMINE ANY UNIT TO BE AN
 
    APPROPRIATE UNIT ONLY IF THE DETERMINATION WILL ENSURE A CLEAR AND
 IDENTIFIABLE COMMUNITY OF
 
    INTEREST AMONG THE EMPLOYEES IN THE UNIT AND WILL PROMOTE EFFECTIVE
 DEALINGS WITH, AND
 
    EFFICIENCY OF THE OPERATIONS OF, THE AGENCY INVOLVED.
 
    /2/ ADDITIONALLY, THE AGENCY CONTENDS THAT ALTHOUGH MANY POSITIONS IN
 THE PROPOSED UNIT HAVE THE SAME CLASSIFICATION TITLES AND REQUIRE THE
 SAME SKILLS AND PERFORMANCE OF ESSENTIALLY THE SAME DUTIES, THE
 UNIVERSALITY OF THE CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM IN THE FEDERAL SECTOR
 MILITATES AGAINST UTILIZATION OF THESE CIRCUMSTANCES TO BOLSTER A
 FINDING THAT ANY COMMONALITY EXISTS WHICH IS PECULIAR TO THE PROPOSED
 UNIT.
 
    /3/ THE RECORD INDICATES THAT THE ACTIVITIES WHICH FALL DIRECTLY INTO
 THIS CATEGORY BUT ARE NOT INVOLVED IN THE PETITION HEREIN ARE AS
 FOLLOWS:  THE MARINE CORPS RESERVE FORCES ADMINISTRATIVE CENTER, KANSAS
 CITY (109 CIVILIANS), THE 4TH MARINE AIRCRAFT WING LOCATED AT NEW
 ORLEANS, LOUISIANA (2 CIVILIANS), AND THE 4TH MARINE DIVISION LOCATED AT
 NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA (24 CIVILIANS).
 
    /4/ SECTION 7112(D) PROVIDES AS FOLLOWS:
 
    (D) TWO OR MORE UNITS WHICH ARE IN AN AGENCY AND FOR WHICH A LABOR
 ORGANIZATION IS THE
 
    EXCLUSIVE REPRESENTATIVE MAY, UPON PETITION BY THE AGENCY OR LABOR
 ORGANIZATION, BE
 
    CONSOLIDATED WITH OR WITHOUT AN ELECTION INTO A SINGLE LARGER UNIT IF
 THE AUTHORITY CONSIDERS
 
    THE LARGER UNIT TO BE APPROPRIATE.  THE AUTHORITY SHALL CERTIFY THE
 LABOR ORGANIZATION AS THE
 
    EXCLUSIVE REPRESENTATIVE OF THE NEW LARGER UNIT.
 
    /5/ SEE AAFES, SUPRA, WHEREIN THE AUTHORITY, IN FINDING THE UNIT
 APPROPRIATE, NOTED PARTICULARLY THE CENTRALIZATION OF PERSONNEL AND
 LABOR RELATIONS FUNCTIONS, THE ESTABLISHMENT OF BROAD OPERATING POLICIES
 AT THE HEADQUARTERS LEVEL, THE FACT THAT THE EMPLOYEES SOUGHT WERE
 SUFFICIENTLY WELL DISTRIBUTED THROUGHOUT THE ORGANIZATIONAL AND
 GEOGRAPHIC ELEMENTS OF AAFES SO AS TO CONSTITUTE A MEANINGFUL
 CONSOLIDATION OF ALL AGENCY EMPLOYEES REPRESENTED BY THE PETITION, AND
 THAT CONSOLIDATION WOULD RESULT IN BARGAINING IN A SINGLE UNIT RATHER
 THAN IN THE PREVIOUSLY EXISTING 69 UNITS, THUS REDUCING FRAGMENTATION
 AND PROMOTING MORE EFFECTIVE, COMPREHENSIVE BARGAINING UNIT STRUCTURE TO
 EFFECTUATE THE PURPOSES OF THE STATUTE.