49:0711(68)CA - - Defense Distribution Region Central, F/K/A Defense Depot Memphis, Memphis, TN and AFGE, Local 2501 - - 1994 FLRAdec CA - - v49 p711

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The decision of the Authority follows:


49 FLRA No. 68

FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY

WASHINGTON, D.C.

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DEFENSE DISTRIBUTION REGION CENTRAL

F/K/A DEFENSE DEPOT MEMPHIS

MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE

(Respondent)

and

AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES

LOCAL 2501

(Charging Party)

4-CA-10781

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DECISION AND ORDER

April 15, 1994

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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) and (5) of the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute (the Statute) by unilaterally changing the manner in which it selected volunteers for details without providing the Charging Party with notice of and an opportunity to bargain over the substance and impact and implementation of the change. The Respondent filed exceptions to the Judge's decision. The General Counsel filed an opposition to the Respondent's exceptions.

Pursuant to section 2423.29 of the Authority's Rules and Regulations and section 7118 of the Statute, we have reviewed the rulings that the Judge made at the hearing and find that no prejudicial error was committed. We affirm those rulings. We note that the Respondent's exceptions dispute the Judge's credibility findings. The demeanor of witnesses is an important factor in resolving issues of credibility and only the Judge has had the benefit of observin