Defense Industrial Plant and Equipment Center, Memphis, Tennessee, Assistant Secretary Case No. 41-5904 (DR), FLRC No. 78A-185




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The decision of the Authority follows:


 1 FLRA No. 65
                                            JUNE 15, 1979
 
 MR. JOHN P. HELM
 STAFF ATTORNEY
 NATIONAL FEDERATION OF
 FEDERAL EMPLOYEES
 1016 16TH STREET, N.W.
 WASHINGTON, D.C.  20036
 
                         RE:  DEFENSE INDUSTRIAL PLANT AND EQUIPMENT
                              CENTER, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE, Assistant
                              Secretary Case No. 41-5904(DR), FLRC 
                              No. 78A-185
 
 DEAR MR. HELM:
 
    THE AUTHORITY HAS CAREFULLY CONSIDERED YOUR PETITION FOR REVIEW AND
 REQUEST FOR A STAY OF THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY'S DECISION IN THE
 ABOVE-ENTITLED CASE.  /1/
 
    IN THIS CASE, THE NATIONAL FEDERATION OF FEDERAL EMPLOYEES, LOCAL 259
 (THE UNION), THE INCUMBENT EXCLUSIVE REPRESENTATIVE OF A BARGAINING UNIT
 AT THE DEFENSE INDUSTRIAL PLANT AND EQUIPMENT CENTER, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
 (THE ACTIVITY), FILED OBJECTIONS TO AN ELECTION HELD PURSUANT TO A
 DECERTIFICATION PETITION FILED BY A UNIT EMPLOYEE.  THE UNION OBJECTED
 TO THE PROCEDURAL CONDUCT OF THE ELECTION AND TO CERTAIN CONDUCT ALLEGED
 TO HAVE IMPROPERLY AFFECTED THE RESULTS THEREOF.  IN THIS REPORT AND
 FINDINGS ON OBJECTIONS, THE REGIONAL ADMINISTRATOR (RA) OVERRULED THE
 UNION'S FOUR OBJECTIONS.  FIRST, HE CONCLUDED THAT THE MANNER IN WHICH
 THE AREA ADMINISTRATOR SCHEDULED THE ELECTION (AFTER THE INTERESTED
 PARTIES HAVING BEEN UNABLE TO AGREE UPON A DATE) WAS NOT ARBITRARY AND
 CAPRICIOUS.  IN THIS REGARD, HE REJECTED THE UNION'S CONTENTION THAT THE
 ELECTION SHOULD HAVE BEEN SCHEDULED FOR A LATER DATE TO ALLOW UNION
 OFFICERS TO PREPARE FOR THE UNION'S IMPENDING NATIONAL CONVENTION, TO
 AVOID THE ADVERSE EFFECT OF THE POLICE AND FIREFIGHTERS' STRIKE IN
 MEMPHIS ON THE DATE FIXED BY THE AREA ADMINISTRATOR, AND TO PERMIT THE
 UNION ADEQUATE TIME FULLY TO INFORM EMPLOYEES CONCERNING THE ISSUES.
 THE RA STATED THAT THE SELECTION OF THE ELECTION DATE WAS IN ACCORDANCE
 WITH THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY'S REGULATIONS AND FURTHER NOTED THAT THE
 UNION SUBMITTED NO EVIDENCE THAT ANY EMPLOYEES WERE DENIED THE
 OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE ON THE DATE FIXED OR THAT THE SCHEDULING WAS
 OTHERWISE ARBITRARY AND CAPRICIOUS.
 
    AS TO THE UNION'S SECOND OBJECTION, THAT" . . . A RELIEF OBSERVER FOR
 THE (DECERTIFICATION FACTION) WAS SEEN CAREFULLY REVIEWING THE
 ELIGIBILITY LIST DURING THE TIMES SHE SERVED AS OBSERVER (AND) (S)HORTLY
 THEREAFTER SHE WOULD BE RELIEVED WHEREUPON THERE WOULD BE A FLOURISH OF
 ACTIVITY AT THE POLLS," THE RA FOUND THAT THE UNION SUBMITTED NO
 EVIDENCE THAT THE RELIEF OBSERVER MADE ANY WRITTEN NOTATIONS FROM THE
 ELIGIBILITY LIST OR THAT SHE CAMPAIGNED OR URGED ANY EMPLOYEES TO VOTE
 DURING THE PERIOD THE POLLS WERE OPEN.  IN CONCLUDI