35:0213(25)CU - - Army, HQ, 101st Airborne Division and AFGE Local 2022 - - 1990 FLRAdec RP - - v35 p213

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The decision of the Authority follows:

35 FLRA No. 25








LOCAL 2022

(Labor Organization/Petitioner)



March 23, 1990

Before Chairman McKee and Members Talkin and Armendariz.


Statement of the Case

This case is before the Authority on an application for review filed on January 25, 1990 by the American Federation of Government Employees, Local 2022 (Union) under section 2422.17 of the Authority's Rules and Regulations. The Union seeks review of the Acting Regional Director's Decision and Order on Petition For Clarification of Unit, finding that 10 individuals employed as management analysts are performing personnel work within the meaning of section 7112(b)(3) of the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute (the Statute) and thus should be excluded from the bargaining unit.(*/) The U.S. Department of the Army, Headquarters, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky (Activity) filed an opposition to the application for review.

For the reasons discussed below, we grant the application.

II. Regional Director's Decision

The Union filed a petition under section 7111(b)(2) of the Statute seeking to clarify its existing bargaining unit to include, inter alia, 10 management analysts. On November 30, 1989, the Acting Regional Director issued her Decision and Order on Petition For Clarification of Unit, finding that the management analysts should be excluded from the bargaining unit. Because their duties varied, the Acting Regional Director made separate findings as to various management analysts.

The management analyst positions in question are located in the Activity's Directorate of Resource Management. The Directorate has two divisions, the Management Analysis Division and the Program and Budget Division. In regard to the eight GS-09 and GS-11 management analysts employed in the Management Analysis Division, the Acting Regional Director made the following findings:

The [m]anagement [a]nalysts . . . provide management consulting services on all aspects of improving management operations for the installation, writing work and quality assurance plans, accumulating cost and workload data and conducting management studies. These [a]nalysts conduct management studies of missions, organizations, functions, work processes, methods and procedures. These studies recommend measures to clarify, appraise, refine, alter, or improve present management applications and practices within the various segments of the activity. . . . The studies recommend action to resolve management problems or improve the efficiency or economy of operations. For the most part, the recommendations are routinely put into effect. In some cases, the studies will have direct impact on the personnel of the particular organization being studied.

Decision and Order at 11-12.

The Acting Regional Director also found that the principal duties of one management analyst, who functions as the Activity's financial computer specialist, involve the Activity's automated systems. The duties of this position entail conducting detail studies, which are presented to directors and managers, relating to automated systems that the Activity is contemplating designing or developing and designing and developing software for various software systems in various languages. Id. at 12.

The Acting Regional Director found that the duties of another management analyst involve conducting "studies relative to Resource Management Systems for the Directorate of Resource Management, Program and Budget Division, and supported operational/analytical/financial program staff of the installation." Id. at 13. That management analyst also conducts a variety of complex management studies of budget systems, evaluates existing or proposed budget systems, conducts reviews and recommends action to improve operating efficiency and increase productivity through the use of automation.

Based on the foregoing, the Acting Regional Director found that the analysts are "directly involved in performing personnel work affecting the bargaining unit and making recommendations to management concerning such personnel actions." Id. at 15. The Acting Regional Director further found that "these personnel functions are more than routine and clerical in nature." Id. Therefore, the Acting Regional Director concluded that the management analysts are employees engaged in personnel work in other than a purely clerical capacity within the meaning of section 7112(b)(3) of the Statute, and should be excluded from the bargaining unit.

III. Application for Review

The Union asserts that the duties of the management analysts do not affect, or have an impact on, other personnel within the meaning of section 7112(b)(3) of the Statute. It argues that management analysts "are staff specialist [sic], not line managers", who "ordinarily make no management decisions, but advise managers on certain decisions they make." Application for Review at 1. The Union argues that it is the management analysts' supervisors who decide what data and recommendations are presented to management and then management decides what, if any, of