28:0892(116)RO - NFFE, LOCAL 1296 VS AIR FORCE, AIR FORCE BASE, COL
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The decision of the Authority follows:
28 FLRA NO. 116 DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE, COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, MISSISSIPPI Activity and FEDERAL FIREFIGHTERS ASSOCIATION, INDEPENDENT, LOCAL 57 Petitioner and NATIONAL FEDERATION OF FEDERAL EMPLOYEES, LOCAL 1296 Intervenor Case No. 4-RO-70019
I. Statement of the Case
This case is before the Authority on a timely application for review filed by the Federal Firefighters Association, Independent, Local 57 (FFA) pursuant to section 2422.17(a) of the Authority's Rules and Regulations. The application seeks review of the Regional Director's Decision and Order on FFA's petition for certification of representative. The Activity filed an opposition to FFA's application for review.
A. Regional Director's Decision
The FFA sought to represent a unit of all nonprofessional General Schedule employees of the Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi, Fire Department, including Fire Captains and supervisory firefighters, GS-6. Since 1971, these employees have been part of a base-wide unit represented by the National Federation of Federal Employees, Local 1296 (NFFE).
The Regional Director d