DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR BUREAU OF RECLAMATION MID-PACIFIC REGION SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA and LOCAL 951, NATIONAL FEDERATION OF FEDERAL EMPLOYEES, FEDERAL DISTRICT 1, IAMAW, AFL-CIO
United States of America
BEFORE THE FEDERAL SERVICE
In the Matter of
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
LOCAL 951, NATIONAL
Case No. 05 FSIP 29
DECISION AND ORDER
Local 951, National Federation of Federal Employees, Federal District 1, IAMAW, AFL-CIO (Union), filed a request for assistance with the Federal Service Impasses Panel (the Panel) to consider a negotiation impasse under Federal Labor-Management Relations Statute (the Statute), between it and the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Mid-Pacific Region, Sacramento, California (Employer).
Following an investigation of the request for assistance concerning the implementation of maxiflex work schedules (MWS), a type of alternative work schedule (AWS), the Panel determined that the matter should be resolved through single written submissions. The parties were informed that after considering the entire record, the Panel would take whatever action it deems appropriate to settle the matter, which may include the issuance of a Decision and Order. Written submissions were received from the parties in accordance with the Panel's determination, and it has now considered the entire record.
The Employer's mission is to manage, develop, and protect, for the public welfare, water and related resources in an environmentally and economically sound manner. The Mid-Pacific Region comprises California, Oregon, and Nevada. The Union represents approximately 450 employees who typically work as natural resources specialists, civil engineers, park rangers, tour guides, and in various support staff positions, at grades GS-4 through -12. The bargaining unit also includes a few employees in trades and crafts positions, at grades WG-3 through -8. The collective bargaining agreement (CBA) covering these parties expired on September 25, 2004. The implementation of MWS is the only issue remaining from the parties' successor CBA negotiations.
ISSUE AT IMPASSE
The parties disagree over whether to add MWS to the hours of work options outlined in Article 18, § 1(b) of the CBA.
POSITIONS OF THE PARTIES
1. The Union's Position
The Union proposes to add the following wording to the CBA:
Maxiflex: A flexible schedule. The employee may vary length of the workweek, as well as the