DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE MacDILL AIR FORCE BASE MacDILL AFB, FLORIDA and LOCAL 153, NATIONAL FEDERATION OF FEDERAL EMPLOYEES

United States of America

BEFORE THE FEDERAL SERVICE IMPASSES PANEL

 

In the Matter of

DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE

MacDILL AIR FORCE BASE

MacDILL AFB, FLORIDA

and 

LOCAL 153, NATIONAL FEDERATION

OF FEDERAL EMPLOYEES

Case No. 90 FSIP 58

DECISION AND ORDER

Local 153, National Federation of Federal Employees (Union), filed a request for assistance with the Federal Service Impasses Panel (Panel) to consider a negotiation impasse under section 7119 of the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute (Statute) between it and the Department of the Air Force, MacDILL Air Force Base, MacDill AFB, Florida (Employer).

The Panel determined that the dispute should be resolved on the basis of written submissions from the parties. After considering the entire record, the Panel would take whatever action it deemed appropriate to resolve the impasse. Written submissions were made pursuant to these procedures and the Panel has considered the entire record.

BACKGROUND

The Employer is a training wing for the Air Force. The Union represents a bargaining unit of approximately 800 nonprofessional General Schedule and Wage Grade employees. The dispute herein, however, affects only 75 employees of the Employer's Civil Engineering Squadron who maintain and repair the Base's runways, buildings, roads, and grounds. The parties' collective-bargaining agreement is in effect until February 1992.

The dispute arose during negotiations which ensued after the Air Force issued a regulation, AFR 30-27, concerning the establishment of a smoking policy in all facilities where Air Force personnel are located. Currently, under a memorandum of understanding between the parties effective August 2, 1988, employees are permitted to smoke in designated areas, mainly restrooms, within the approximately 23 buildings under the control of the Civil Engineering Squadron.

 

ISSUE

The parties disagree over a smoking policy for Civil Engineering Squadron employees.

1. The Employer's Position

The Employer proposes to prohibit smoking in all Civil Engineering Squadron buildings. In support of its position, it maintains that such a policy would ensure that nonsmokers are protected from second-hand tobacco smoke which the Surgeon General of the United States has identified as a health hazard.(1)<