DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE HEADQUARTERS SPACE SYSTEMS DIVISION LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA and LOCAL 2429, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, AFL-CIO
United States of America
BEFORE THE FEDERAL SERVICE IMPASSES PANEL
In the Matter of
DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE
HEADQUARTERS SPACE SYSTEMS
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
LOCAL 2429, AMERICAN
FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT
DECISION AND ORDER
The Department of the Air Force, Headquarters Space Systems Division, Los Angeles, California (Employer) and Local 2429, American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO (Union), filed a joint request with the Federal Service Impasses Panel (Panel) to consider a negotiation impasse under section 7119 of the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute (Statute).
After investigation of the request for assistance, the Panel directed the parties to meet informally with Panel Chairman Roy M. Brewer for the purpose of resolving the issues at impasse. The parties were advised that if no settlement were reached, Chairman Brewer would report to the Panel on the status of the dispute and his recommendations for resolving the issues. After considering this information, the Panel would take whatever action it deemed appropriate to resolve the impasse including the issuance of a binding decision.
During Chairman Brewer's meeting with the parties on March 14, 1990, in Los Angeles, California, two of the issues at impasse were resolved, leaving one for the Panel to consider. Chairman Brewer reported to the Panel based on the record developed by the parties, including their post-conference written submissions. The Panel has now considered the entire record.
The bargaining unit is composed of approximately 1,000 nonprofessional civilian employees of the Air Force Space Systems Division (SSD) and Contract Division. They provide clerical and other support personnel functions for the divisions. SSD is involved with the development of the strategic defense initiative (SDI) and satellite research. The Contract Division is charged with procurement, purchasing, and other contract functions. The dispute herein, however, affects only the 13 bargaining-unit employees of SSD. The collective bargaining agreement expired January 18, 1984, and has been automatically extended by mutual agreement since then.
The dispute arose from negotiations over an Employer-initiated, voluntary, 4-10 compressed work schedule experiment, w