15:0208(40)CU - IRS, Kansas City Service Center and NTEU -- 1984 FLRAdec RP

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The decision of the Authority follows:

 15 FLRA No. 40
                                            Case No. 7-CU-30010
    Upon a petition duly filed with the Federal Labor Relations Authority
 under section 7111(b)(2) of the Federal Service Labor-Management
 Relations Statute (the Statute), 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 careful consideration of the entire record, including the
 parties' contentions, the Authority finds:  The National Treasury
 Employees Union (NTEU) was certified as the exclusive representative for
 a consolidated unit of all nonprofessional employees of the Internal
 Revenue Service Centers, The Data Center, Detroit, Michigan, The
 National Computer Center, Martinsburg, West Virginia, and all
 professional and nonprofessional General Schedule and Wage Grade
 employees, including seasonal (WAE) and part-time employees employed by
 the Internal Revenue Service, North Atlantic Service Center, Andover,
 Massachusetts.  Essentially, the petition seeks to clarify the
 bargaining unit status of Maida Bluhm, Management Analyst, GS-343-11
 (Compliance Activity Coordinator, Compliance Division);  Charles Ball,
 Management Analyst, GS-343-11 (Resources Management Division);  John
 Hatfield, Space Program Analyst, GS-301-11 (Resources Management
 Division);  and Penrod Turk, Space Program Analyst, GS-301-11 (Resources
 Management Division) based on the Activity's allegation that they are
 management officials /1/ and must be excluded from the unit.  /2/ In the
 lead case of Department of the Navy, Automatic Data Processing Selection
 Office, 7 FLRA 172 (1981), the Authority interpreted the statutory
 definition of "management official" to include those individuals who:
 (1) create, establish or prescribe general principles, plans, or courses
 of action for an agency;  (2) decide upon or settle upon general
 principles, plans or courses of action for an agency;  or (3) bring
 about or obtain a result as to the adoption of general principles, plans
 or courses of action for an agency.  Applying these criteria to the
 instant case, the Authority finds that Charles Ball is a management
 official and shall order his exclusion from the bargaining unit.  Thus,
 the record establishes that Ball's major function is the review of the
 Activity's work practices and policies which he may change to improve
 the efficiency of the Activity's operations.  In this regard he has
 developed the Activity's Underreporter Program and the Travel Management
 Program and can commit Activity funds and resources through direct
 negotiations with vendors servicing the Activity.  It follows that his
 responsibilities require and authorize him to formulate, determine, or
 influence the policies of the Activity within the meaning of section
 7103(a)(11) of the Statute as interpreted by the Authority.
    With respect to the other alleged management officials, the Authority
 finds that they are professionals whose actions assist in implementing,
 as opposed to shaping, the Activity's policies.  The record establishes
 that Bluhm's /3/ major function is the implementation of the automation
 program involving the existing manual system as it pertains to the
 microcomputers in the Compliance Division of the Activity and that Turk
 and Hatfield are engaged in the routine planning and utilization of
 designated space for placement of new equipment.  As these incumbents do
 not exercise any duties and responsibilities which require or authorize
 them to formulate, determine, or influence the policies of the Activity,
 they are not management officials within the meaning of section
 7103(a)(11).  Accordingly, the Authority finds that these incumbents
 should remain in the bargaining unit.
    IT IS ORDERED that the unit sought to be clari