17:0216(31)RO - Red River Army Depot, Texarkana, TX and NAGE Local R14-52, SEIU -- 1985 FLRAdec RP
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The decision of the Authority follows:
17 FLRA No. 31 RED RIVER ARMY DEPOT TEXARKANA, TEXAS Activity and NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, LOCAL R14-52, SEIU (AFL-CIO, CLC) Labor Organization/Petitioner Case No. 6-RO-30007 DECISION AND ORDER Upon a petition duly filed with the Federal Labor Relations Authority under section 7111(b)(1) of the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute (the Statute), a hearing was held before hearing officers of the Authority. The hearing officers' rulings made at the hearing are free from prejudicial error and are hereby affirmed. /1A/ Upon the entire record in this case, the Authority finds: The Petitioner, National Association of Government Employees, Local R14-52, SEIU (AFL-CIO, CLC), seeks an election in a unit composed of all nonappropriated fund (NAF) employees at the Red River Army Depot (Depot) in Texarkana, Texas including the NAF employees in the Central Nonappropriated Fund Payroll Office (CNPO). The Activity contends that the unit sought is inappropriate, as it seeks to join the employees of the CNPO in a unit with the NAF Depot employees. The Petitioner will not accept any unit of nonappropriated fund employees that does not include the CNPO employees. The Depot is under the command of the Army Materiel Development and Readiness Command (DARCOM). According to the record, NAF Depot employees are located within three Depot directorates: Administration and Services, Resource Management, and Management Information Services. They are engaged in work including accounting, food and beverage service, recreational services, and computer operations. While most of the Depot's NAF employees perform functions affecting only the Depot, the employees of the Central Accounting Branch of the Resource Management Directorate operate an accounting system for NAF activities throughout DARCOM, including the Depot. All NAF employees of the Depot report in the chain of command to the Depot Commander. By contrast, the CNPO is considered a tenant organization of the Depot, and is under the direct command of the Assistant Comptroller of the Army (ACOA) rather than DARCOM. Its function is to provide payroll services for nonappropriated fund employees worldwide, except Korea. Unlike the other employees in the petitioned-for unit, the CNPO employees are physically located some 18 miles from the Depot and do not report to the Depot Commander. In addition, unlike the other NAF employees at the Depot, CNPO employees are in a separate area of consideration for merit promotion purposes and a separate competitive area for reductions-in-force. While CNPO receives some personnel support such as record-keeping and storage from the NAF Personnel Office at the Depot pursuant to an Inter-Service Support Agreement with the ACOA, the personnel policies, practices and matters affecting the working conditions of CNPO employees are established by the ACOA. Based upon the foregoing, the Authority concludes that the employees in the CNPO do not share a clear and identifiable community of interest with the NAF employees located at the Depot, and that the unit sought, which would include CNPO employees with the NAF Depot employees, is not appropriate under section 7112(a)(1) of the Statute. /1/ In this regard, it is noted particularly that CNPO has a mission which is separate and distinct from the NAF functions at the Depot; that the CNPO employees are separately considered for merit promotion and RIF purposes; and that the CNPO employees are under separate supervision and a separate command than the other employees in the petitioned-for unit. Accordingly, the Authority concludes that the petitioned-for unit is not appropriate for exclusive recognition under section 7112(a)(1) of the Statute and the petition shall therefore be dismissed. /2/ ORDER IT IS ORDERED that the petition in Case No. 6-RO-30007 be, and it hereby is, dismissed. Issued, Washington, D.C., March 12, 1985 Henry B. Frazier III, Acting Chairman William J. McGinnis, Jr., Member FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY --------------- FOOTNOTES$ --------------- /1A/ On April 6, 1984, the Authority issued an Order Remanding Case to the Regional Director for the purpose of reopening the hearing and developing a full and complete record in this proceeding, as the record initially contained insufficient facts and evidence upon which to decide the issues presented. /1/ Section 7112(a)(1) provides in pertinent part: Sec. 7112. Determination of appropriate units for labor organization representation (a)(1) The Authority 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/ In order to be found appropriate, a proposed unit must meet all of the three criteria for appropriateness established in section 7112(a)(1) of the Statute; a failure to satisfy any one of them must result in a finding that the unit sought is inappropriate. Department of the Navy, Navy Publications and Printing Service Branch Office, Vallejo, California, 10 FLRA 659 (1982); United States Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District, Somerville Project Office, 15 FLRA No. 160 (1984).