DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE HEADQUARTERS, 102D FIGHTER INTERCEPTOR WING MASSACHUSETTS AIR NATIONAL GUARD OTIS AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, MASSACHUSETTS and LOCAL R1-54, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES
United States of America
BEFORE THE FEDERAL SERVICE IMPASSES PANEL
In the Matter of
DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE
HEADQUARTERS, 102D FIGHTER
WING MASSACHUSETTS AIR NATIONAL
OTIS AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE,
LOCAL R1-54, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION
OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES
Case No. 90 FSIP 82
DECISION AND ORDER
Local R1-54 of the National Association of Government Employees (Union) filed a request for assistance with the Federal Service Impasses Panel negotiation impasse under section Labor-Management Relations Statute Department of the Air Force, Interceptor Wing, Massachusetts National Guard Base (Employer). (Panel) to consider a 7119 of the Federal Service (Statute) between it and the Headquarters, 102D Fighter National Guard, Otis Air National Guard Base (Employer).
The Panel determined that the dispute should be resolved through written submissions from the parties with the Panel to take whatever action it deemed appropriate to resolve the impasse. Submissions were made pursuant to these procedures,(1) and the Panel has now considered the entire record.
The Employer's mission is to provide support for the Nation's air defenses. The bargaining unit consists of approximately 196 employees, most of whom are maintenance personnel. The instant impasse arose as a result of negotiations over the Employer's proposal to discontinue a past practice regarding travel time. The parties' collective bargaining agreement expired on March 7, 1990.
ISSUE AT IMPASSE
The issue is whether the past practice of not including travel time as part of the break period should be discontinued.
1. The Union's Position
The Union's proposal is as follows:
(a) Within each 8-hour workday, there will be two 15-minute breaks. One in the morning and one in the afternoon. (b) Breaks may be taken at the job site, a Division break area in the vicinity of the job site, or at the individual's shop break area.
The Union argues that there is a 25-year past practi