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The decision of the Authority follows:
10 FLRA No. 111 VETERANS ADMINISTRATION MEDICAL CENTER 555 WILLARD AVENUE, NEWINGTON, CONNECTICUT Activity and NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, LOCAL R1-109 /1/ Petitioner Case No. 1-CU-20005 DECISION AND ORDER CLARIFYING UNIT Upon an amended petition duly filed with the Federal Labor Relations Authority under section 7111(b)(2) of the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute (the Statute), a hearing was held before a hearing officer of the Authority. The hearing officer's rulings made at the hearing are free from prejudicial error and are hereby affirmed. Upon careful consideration of the entire record, including the parties' contentions, the Authority finds: The National Association of Government Employees, Local R1-109 (NAGE) was recognized by the Activity on April 15, 1966, as the exclusive bargaining representative for a unit of all employees located at the Newington Veterans Administration Medical Center. Essentially, the petition seeks to clarify the bargaining unit status of Betty G. Wanczyk (Food Service worker Foreman, WS-7408-1), Emylee Douglas (Food Service Worker Foreman, WS-7408-1) and Betty Curnow (Supervisory Medical Clerk Trainee, GS-679-05), in view of the Activity's contention that they are supervisors /2/ and must be excluded from the bargaining unit. The record establishes that Wanczyk assigns and directs work and disciplines subordinates; that Douglas assigns and directs work, has effectively recommended subordinates for promotion and awards, and has disciplined subordinates; and Curnow assigns and directs work and has effectively recommended the hiring of and awards for subordinates. The Authority further finds that the above duties are not merely routine or clerical in nature, but require the consistent exercise of independent judgment. Accordingly, the Authority finds these incumbents are supervisors within the meaning of section 7103(a)(10) of the Statute and must be excluded from the unit. ORDER IT IS ORDERED that the unit sought to be clarified herein be, and it hereby is, clarified by excluding from said unit Betty G. Wanczyk (Food Service Worker Foreman, WS-7408-1), Emylee Douglas (Food Service Worker Foreman, WS-7408-1) and Betty Curnow (Supervisory Medical Clerk Trainee, GS-679-05). Issued, Washington, D.C., December 16, 1982 Ronald W. Haughton, Chairman Henry B. Frazier III, Member Leon B. Applewhaite, Member FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY --------------- FOOTNOTES$ --------------- /1/ The names of the parties appear as amended at the hearing. /2/ Section 7103(a)(10) of the Statute defines a "supervisor" as: . . . an individual employed by an agency having authority in the interest of the agency to hire, direct, assign, promote, reward, transfer, furlough, layoff, recall, suspend, discipline, or remove employees, to adjust their grievances, or to effectively recommend such action, if the exercise of the authority is not merely routine or clerical in nature but requires the consistent exercise of independent judgment . . . .