45:0993(101)RP - - Morale, Welfare & Recreation Dir. Marine Corps Air Stat. Cherry Point, NC and AFGE Local 2065 and IAM Local 2296 - - 1992 FLRAdec RP - - v45 p993
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The decision of the Authority follows:
45 FLRA No. 101
Before Chairman McKee and Members Talkin and Armendariz.
I. Statement of the Case
This matter is before the Authority on a request for reconsideration of our decision in 45 FLRA 281 (1992) filed on behalf of the Activity by the U.S. Department of the Navy (the Agency) under section 2429.17 of our Rules and Regulations. Neither AFGE nor IAM (collectively referred to as the Unions) filed a response to the Agency's request. Because the Agency fails to establish that extraordinary circumstances exist warranting reconsideration of our decision, we will deny the request.
II. The Decision in 45 FLRA 281
In 45 FLRA 281, the Authority granted IAM's application
for review of the Regional Director's (RD) decision in this matter. In her decision, the RD found that, as a result of a reorganization by the Activity, the bargaining units for which AFGE and IAM had been certified as exclusive representatives are no longer appropriate. The RD found that the Activity, therefore, is under no obligation to continue to recognize AFGE and IAM as the exclusive representatives for the employees formerly in those units. The RD found that an Activity-wide unit appeared to be appropriate, but declined to order an election in this matter and stated that, unless her decision is overturned by the Authority, she would revoke the certifications of AFGE and IAM.
IAM sought review of the RD's failure to make a conclusive appropriate unit finding, her refusal to order an election, and her expressed intention to revoke the Unions' certifications. Neither the Activity nor AFGE filed a statement of position with regard to IAM's application for review.
On review, the Authority concluded, in agreement with the RD, that an election in this case was not warranted and that a determination as to the appropriateness of an Activity-wide unit may only be made upon the filing of a petition for certification of representative. The Authority also concluded, in disagreement with the RD, that the certifications of AFGE and IAM should not be revoked. In this regard, the Authority stated:
[T]o revoke the certifications of AFGE and IAM would not be proper. Although the units for which AFGE and IAM were certified are no longer appropriate, the RD did not cite, and we are not aware of, any precedent warranting revocation of certification in circumstances similar to those in this case. Accordingly, we will direct the RD not to revoke the certifications. Any matters relating to the parties' rights and obligations as to the units represented by AFGE and IAM may be resolved as appropriate in other proceedings, including proceedings under the [Federal Service Labor-Management Relations] Statute. We note that any matters relating to the deduction of dues are governed by section 7115 of the Statute.
45 FLRA at 288.
III. Agency's Request for Reconsideration
The Agency contends that the Authority's decision not to revoke the certifications of AFGE and IAM is inconsistent with the Statute. The Agency asserts that, having found that the units for which the Unions were certified are no longer appropriate, the Authority should have revoked the Unions' certifications. The Agency argues that by failing to revoke the certifications, the Authority "is, in effect, forcing the [A]ctivity to continue to recognize, in some unspecified way, inappropriate units and labor organizations whose status as employee representative arises from such inappropriate units." Agency's Request at 4.
Additionally, the Agency argues that the Authority's decision not to revoke the certifications "unnecessarily exposes the [A]ctivity to uncertainty and liability [and] leaves the [A]ctivity and