A.B.D. No. 86-ll -1-
A.B.D. No. 86-ll
STATE OF NEW JERSEY
BEFORE THE PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS COMMISSION APPEAL BOARD
OAL DKT #PRB-5349-85
AGENCY DKT #AB-85-9
PAUL L. STRACKER
LOCAL 195, INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION
OF PROFESSIONAL AND TECHNICAL
Paul L. Stracker, petitioner, pro se
Nancy I. Oxfeld , Esq. (Oxfeld, Cohen & Blunda, attorneys) for respondent
DECISION AND ORDER
On April l5, 1986, the Public Employment Relations Commission Appeal Board ("Appeal Board") ordered Respondent, Local 195 ("Local 195"), an affiliate of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, AFL-CIO ("IFPTE"), to refund to Paul L. Stracker ("Petitioner") a portion of the representation fee in lieu of dues paid to Local 195 during its fiscal year ending June 30, l985. A.B.D. No. 86-l0, l2 NJPER (& l986). The refund represented that portion of Petitioner's representation fee which Local l95 had forwarded to IFPTE as a "per capita tax." We found that Local l95 had not met its burden of proof with respect to the Petitioner's per capita tax, since Local l95 did not offer testimony about IFPTE's expenses.
On April 23, l986, Local l95 moved for reconsideration. Local l95 acknowledged that "there is insufficient proof as to how IFPTE used money forwarded by Local l95...," but asserted that "[t]he reason for the lack of evidence is because this was not an issue before the Administrative Law Judge and therefore evidence was not presented." In support of this position, Local l95 referenced discussions between the parties and the ALJ at a prehearing conference, and asserted that "never at any time during the proceeding...was any challenge being raised to the use of the money by the International Union." Local l95 also sought clarification of footnote 2 of our decision to more accurately reflect the record.
While neither our rules nor those of the Office of Administrative Law contemplate motions for reconsideration, administrative agencies have the inherent authority to consider such motions absent legislative restriction. In re Trantino Parole Application, 89 N.J . 347, 364 (l982). Consonant with such authority, we have carefully considered the motion. For the reasons stated below, we deny the motion. 1/
1/ On reexamination of the record, we agree that the second sentence of footnote 2 in our original decision should be modified. The modified footnote shall be:
"The Petitioner states in his exceptions that he tried to subpoena the International President of IFPTE to testify, but his request was rejected by Judge Weiss. Local 195 denies that the exchange took place, and the record is silent on the issue."
While Local l95 maintains that prehearing discussions made clear that the Petitioner was not contesting IFPTE's use of his per capita tax, this representation is not supported by the record. No stipulation excluding the issue was entered on the record; the prehearing order issued by the ALJ on November 4, l985 references neither stipulations nor limitations as to proofs of IFPTE's expenditures; and the transcript of the hearing is replete with attempts by the Petitioner to raise the issue and elicit testimony on the International's expenditures of per capita taxes forwarded by Local l95. (Transcript at pp. 28-43). In view of the above, and the fact that the burden of proof is on the majority representative, we will not disturb our prior ruling. We emphasize that nothing in this or our original decision indicates any improper expenditure by Local l95 or by IFPTE. The decisions rest solely on Local l95's failure in the hearing in this matter to meet its burden of proof as to IFPTE's expenditures.
The motion for reconsideration is denied.
BY ORDER OF THE APPEAL BOARD
Robert J. Pacca
Chairman Pacca and Board Member Dorf voted in favor of this decision. Board Member Verhage took no part in consideration of this decision.
DATED: Trenton, New Jersey
April 29, 1986
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