42:0220(17)CU - - HUD, HQ and AFGE Local 476 - - 1991 FLRAdec RP - - v42 p220
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The decision of the Authority follows:
42 FLRA No. 17
Before Chairman McKee and Members Talkin and Armendariz.
I. Statement of the Case
This matter is before the Authority on a request filed by the Union for reconsideration of our Order Granting in Part and Denying in Part the Union's Application for Review in 41 FLRA 1226. The Agency did not file an opposition to the Union's request.
For the following reasons, we conclude that the Union has failed to establish that extraordinary circumstances exist warranting reconsideration of our Order. Accordingly, we will deny the Union's request.
II. The Order in 41 FLRA 1226
In 41 FLRA 1226, the Authority concluded, as relevant here,(*) that three employees could not be included in the Union's existing bargaining unit because the employees did not share a clear and identifiable community of interest with unit employees. The employees, who encumber Special Assistant positions, were appointed pursuant to Schedule C hiring authority granted the Agency by the Office of Personnel Management. In concluding that these employees could not be included in the existing unit, the Authority noted: (1) the differences in fundamental working conditions between Schedule C employees and other employees; (2) the fact that the work of the Schedule C employees is "inherently 'policy-determining' or based on 'close and confidential working relationship[s]' with key political appointees . . ."; and (3) the Regional Director's findings that the three employees "are assigned and perform work based on their Schedule