(a) Upon receipt of a request and the responses, if any, the Secretary shall make such
further inquiries as may be necessary to determine his authority under the Order and
these procedures; whether a timely request for nomination has been made; whether
a valid question concerning representation exists in a prima facie appropriate unit;
or for the purpose of obtaining a further specification of the issues or matters
to be submitted for an advisory decision or determination, or assisting or advising
the persons nominated or considered for nomination or otherwise facilitating submission
of the matter to such person or persons in a manner that will permit an expeditious
decision or determination.
(b) The Secretary will determine the adequacy of the showing of interest administratively,
and such determination shall not be subject to collateral attack at a hearing before
(c) The Secretary shall nominate not less than three arbitrators. Within 5 days the parties may indicate their order of preference from among those
nominated. The Secretary will thereafter make a selection from among the nominees listed.
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