DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE ONIZUKA AIR FORCE BASE SUNNYVALE, CALIFORNIA and LOCAL 2090, NATIONAL FEDERATION OF FEDERAL EMPLOYEES

United States of America

BEFORE THE FEDERAL SERVICE IMPASSES PANEL

 

In the Matter of

DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE

ONIZUKA AIR FORCE BASE

SUNNYVALE, CALIFORNIA

and

LOCAL 2090, NATIONAL

FEDERATION OF FEDERAL EMPLOYEES

Case No. 90 FSIP 121

 

DECISION AND ORDER

Local 2090, 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, Onizuka Air Force Base, Sunnyvale, California (Employer).

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 issue at impasse. The parties were advised that if no settlement were reached, Mr. Brewer was to notify the Panel of the status of the dispute, including the parties' final offers and his recommendations for resolving the matter. After considering this information, the Panel would take whatever action it deemed appropriate to resolve the impasse.

Mr. Brewer met with the parties on May 24, 1990, but the impasse was not resolved. Accordingly, he reported to the Panel based on the record developed by the parties. The Panel has now considered the entire record, including his recommendations for settlement.

BACKGROUND

The mission of the Employer is to control a worldwide satellite tracking network for the Department of Defense, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and U.S. allies. The bargaining unit consists of approximately 160 employees, but this dispute involves only the 21 Wage Grade employees who work at the facility's power plant. The plant, the facility's sole source of power, is operated around the clock by three shifts of employees. The parties' collective bargaining agreement expires on February 24, 1991.

ISSUE AT IMPASSE

The sole issue in dispute is whether time clocks should be installed in the power plant.

1. The Employer's Position

The Employer proposes that it be permitted to install time clocks in the power plant to rectify problems which have arisen in the documentation of time and attendance. In this regard, the parties recently hav