39:0446(35)CA - - GSA and GSA, Region 3 and AFGE, Council of GSA Locals No. 236 - - 1991 FLRAdec CA - - v39 p446
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The decision of the Authority follows:
39 FLRA No. 35
FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY
GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION AND
GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION, REGION III
AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES
COUNCIL OF GSA LOCALS NO. 236
DECISION AND ORDER
February 8, 1991
Before Chairman McKee and Members Talkin and Armendariz.
I. Statement of the Case
The Administrative Law Judge issued the attached decision in the above-entitled proceeding finding that the Respondent violated section 7116(a)(1) of the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute (the Statute) by telling a unit employee that, because he filed a unfair labor practice charge against the Respondent, disciplinary action would be taken against him. The Judge recommended that the Respondent cease and desist from such practices, and take certain affirmative action. The Respondent filed an exception to the Judge's decision. The General Counsel did not file an opposition to the Respondent's exception.
In effect, the Respondent excepts to the credibility resolutions of the Judge on which his findings of fact are based. The demeanor of witnesses is an important factor in resolving issues of credibility. Only the Judge has had the benefit of observing the witnesses while they testified. We will not overrule a judge's determination regarding credibility of witnesses unless a clear preponderance of all the relevant evidence demonstrates that the determination was incorrect. We have examined the record carefully and find no basis for reversing the Judge's credibility findings. Department of the Air Force, Sacramento Air Logistics Center, McClellan Air Force Base, California, 35 FLRA 345, 346 n.1 (1990).
Pursuant to section 2423.29 of the Authority's Rules and Regulations and section 7118 of the Statute, we have reviewed the rulings of the Judge made at the hearing. Consistent with the foregoing discussion we find that no prejudicial error was committed and we affirm the rulings.
Upon consideration of the Judge's Decision and the entire record, we adopt the Judge's findings, conclusions and recommended Order.
Pursuant to section 2423.29 of the Authority's Rules and Regulations and section 7118 of the Statute, it is hereby ordered that the General Services Administration and General Services Administration, Region III, shall:
1. Cease and desist from:
(a) Stating to employees that because they filed unfair labor practice charges against it certain adverse action will be taken against them.
(b) In any like or related manner interfere with, restrain or coerce our employees in the exercise of rights assured them by the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute.
2. Take the following affirmative action in order to effectuate the purposes and policies of the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute.
(a) Post at its facilities in the East Philadelphia, Pennsylvania office, copies of the attached Notice on forms to be furnished by the Federal Labor Relations Authority. Upon receipt of such forms, they shall be signed by the Field Office Manager and shall be posted and maintained by him for 60 consecutive days thereafter in conspicuous places, including all bulletin boards and other places where notices to employees are customarily posted. Reasonable steps shall be taken to insure that such notices are not altered, defaced, or covered by any other material.
(b) Pursuant to section 2423.30 of the Authority's Rules and Regulations, notify the Regional Director, Region II, Federal Labor Relations Authority, New York, New York, in writing, within 30 days from the date of this Order, as to what steps have been taken to comply herewith.
NOTICE TO ALL EMPLOYEES
AS ORDERED BY THE FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY
AND TO EFFECTUATE THE POLICIES OF THE
FEDERAL SERVICE LABOR-MANAGEMENT RELATIONS STATUTE
WE NOTIFY OUR EMPLOYEES THAT:
WE WILL NOT make statements to employees that because they filed unfair labor practice charges against us certain adverse action will be taken against them.
WE WILL NOT in any like or related manner interfere with, restrain or coerce our employees in the exercise of rights assured them by the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute.
Dated ____________ By ______________________________
This Notice must remain posted for 60 consecutive days from the date of posting, and must not be altered, defaced or covered by any other material.
If employees have any questions concerning this Notice or compliance with its provisions, they may communicate directly with the Regional Director for the Federal Labor Relations Authority whose address is: 26 Federal Plaza, Room 3700, New York, NY 10278, and whose telephone number is: 212-264-4934.