51:0377(34)RO - - FAA, Federal Aviation Administration Technical Center, Atlantic City Intl. Airport, Atlantic City, NJ and AFGE, 2nd District and NFFE Local 1340 - - 1995 FLRAdec RP - - v51 p377
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The decision of the Authority follows:
51 FLRA No. 34
FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY
FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION
FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION TECHNICAL CENTER
ATLANTIC CITY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY
AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF FEDERAL EMPLOYEES
ORDER DENYING MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION
October 23, 1995
Before the Authority: Phyllis N. Segal, Chair; and Tony Armendariz, Member.
I. Statement of the Case
This matter is before the Authority on a motion for reconsideration of the Authority's Order, issued on September 14, 1995, denying the application of the National Federation of Federal Employees, Local 1340 (Labor Organization), for review of the Regional Director's decision and order on objections to an election. No opposition to the motion for reconsideration was filed.
Section 2429.17 of the Authority's Regulations permits a party who can establish extraordinary circumstances to request reconsideration of an Authority decision. For the following reasons, we conclude that the Labor Organization has failed to establish that extraordinary circumstances exist. Accordingly, we deny the Labor Organization's motion.
II. Order Denying Exceptions
In the Authority's Order Denying Application for Review, the Authority concluded that the Labor Organization had failed to establish that compelling reasons existed for granting review under 5 C.F.R. § 2422.17(c).
III. Motion for Reconsideration
The Labor Organization repeats the arguments made in its original Application for Review. In particular, the Labor Organization argues that the Regional Director erred in: (1) concluding that the challenged votes could not be determinative; (2) failing to consider whether the Agency violated the parties' ground rules agreement; and (3) failing to take testimony from Union witnesses who would have contradicted the testimony taken at the hearing. In addition, the Labor Organization asserts that the Authority's policy concerning absentee ballots should be reconsidered.
IV. Analysis and Conclusions
Under section 2429.17 of the Authority's Regulations, a party seeking reconsideration after the Authority has issued a final decision or order bears the heavy burden of establishing that extraordinary circumstances exist to justify this unusual action. In U.S. Department of the Air Force, 375th Combat Support Group, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, 50 FLRA 84 (1995), the Authority identified a limited number of situations in which extraordinary circumstances have been found to exist. These include situations where a moving party has established that evidence, information or issues crucial to the decision had not been presented to the Authority, or where the Authority erred in its remedial order, process, conclusion of law or factual finding. Id. at 86-87. The moving party's disagreement with the