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The decision of the Authority follows:
16 FLRA No. 29 UNITED STATES SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY DISTRICT OFFICE Activity and AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, AFL-CIO, LOCAL 3904 Labor Organization/Petitioner Case No. 6-RO-90 DECISION ON CHALLENGED BALLOTS The Administrative Law Judge, in the above-entitled proceeding, issued his Decision recommending that the challenges to the ballots of nine temporary disaster employees (TDEs) be overruled and that their ballots be counted. The Activity filed original and amended exceptions to the Judge's Decision. /1/ Pursuant to section 2422.21(i) of the Authority's Rules and Regulations and section 7111 of the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute (the Statute), the Authority has reviewed the rulings of the Judge made at the hearing and finds that no prejudicial error was committed. The rulings are hereby affirmed. Upon consideration of the Judge's Decision and the entire record, the Authority hereby adopts the Judge's findings, conclusions and recommendation that the challenges be overruled. In agreement with the Judge, the Authority concludes that TDEs engaged in servicing work have a reasonable expectancy of continued employment beyond their initial six month appointment. Particularly noted in this regard is the Judge's finding that at the time of the election two-thirds of the TDEs in Harlingen and Corpus Christi had served longer than six months under renewed appointments. Further, the Authority agrees with the Judge that the TDEs have a clear and identifiable community of interest with the other employees in the petitioned for unit and that the inclusion of the TDEs in the petitioned for unit will promote effective dealings with, and efficiency of the operations of, the Activity. In this regard, the Authority notes especially that the TDEs share the same general supervision, work schedules, office conditions and common working environment with other bargaining unit employees; that they have regular and frequent contacts with other unit employees; and that some of the TDEs perform substantially the same duties as other clerical workers and loan servicing specialists and assistants who are in the unit. Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the ballots of Benavides, Louis R., GS 11, Disaster Loan Specialist, (temporary) Espino, Ernest, GS 7, Loan Service Assistant, (temporary) De Los Santos, GS 7, Loan Service Assistant, (temporary) Soto, Tovert, GS 5, Field Collection Clerk, (temporary) Reyes, Carole, GS 5, Field Collection Clerk, (temporary) Martinez, Jesus, GS 5, Field Collection Clerk, (temporary) Aldape, Millie, GS 4, Clerk-Typist, (temporary) Cardona, Effie, GS 3, Clerk-Typist, (temporary) Perez, Amelia M., GS 3, Clerk-Typist, (temporary be opened and counted at a time and place to be determined by the Regional Director. The Regional Director shall have a Revised Tally of Ballots served on the parties, and take such additional steps as are required by the Authority's Rules and Regulations. Issued, Washington, D.C., October 2, 1984 Henry B. Frazier III, Acting Chairman Ronald W. Haughton, Member FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY --------------- FOOTNOTES$ --------------- /1/ The Activity was not served with a copy of the Petitioner's post hearing brief to the Administrative Law Judge and requested the opportunity to amend its exceptions to respond to any issue raised therein which had not been covered in its original exceptions. Thereafter, the Activity was served a copy of the brief and its request was granted. The Activity's subsequently submitted amended exceptions have been duly considered.