39:0496(40)CA - - Antilles Consolidated School System and Antilles Consolidated Education Association - - 1991 FLRAdec CA - - v39 p496

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39:0496(40)CA
The decision of the Authority follows:


39 FLRA No. 40

FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY

WASHINGTON, D.C.

ANTILLES CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL SYSTEM

(Respondent)

and

ANTILLES CONSOLIDATED EDUCATION ASSOCIATION

(NEA/OEA)

(Charging Party/Union)

2-CA-00271

DECISION AND ORDER

February 12, 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 did not fail to comply with section 7114(a)(2)(B) and thereby violate section 7116(a)(1) and (8) of the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute (the Statute) because Respondent did not, as alleged, refuse a request by an employee for representation at an examination which the employee reasonably believed might result in disciplinary action against him. The Judge recommended that the complaint be dismissed. The General Counsel filed exceptions to the Judge's decision. The Respondent did not file an opposition to the General Counsel's exceptions.

In effect, the General Counsel 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 the