DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE NATIONAL GUARD BUREAU OREGON NATIONAL GUARD SALEM, OREGON and LOCAL 2986, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, AFL-CIO

United States of America

BEFORE THE FEDERAL SERVICE IMPASSES PANEL

 

In the Matter of

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

NATIONAL GUARD BUREAU

OREGON NATIONAL GUARD

SALEM, OREGON

and 

LOCAL 2986, AMERICAN

FEDERATION OF

GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, AFL-CIO

Case No. 90 FSIP 254

DECISION AND ORDER

Local 2986, American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO (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 Defense, National Guard Bureau, Oregon National Guard, Salem, Oregon (Employer).

The Panel determined that the case should be resolved through an informal conference by telephone between the parties and Staff Associate Harry E. Jones. If there were no settlement, Mr. Jones was to notify the Panel of the status of the dispute, including the parties' final offers and his recommendations for resolving the matter. Following consideration of this information, the Panel would take whatever action it deemed appropriate to resolve the impasse.

Mr. Jones conducted a telephone conference with the parties on November 21, 1990. During that proceeding, the parties were unable to reach agreement on the outstanding issue. Mr. Jones has reported to the Panel, and it has now considered the entire record.

BACKGROUND

The Employer's mission is to command, control, and supervise Air and Army National Guard units based in the State of Oregon. In this regard, it provides trained and equipped units, capable of immediate mobilization, for response to either state or national emergencies. The bargaining unit consists of approximately 725 employees, the majority of whom are employed as Wage Grade civilian technicians. The parties are covered by a collective-bargaining agreement which is due to expire in June 1992.

In 1987, the Oregon National Guard received approval from the National Guard Bureau to construct a new headquarters/armory complex. Construction of the facility, which was completed in October 1989, was funded with a combination of State and Federal funds. As the project was nearing completion, the Adjutant General of the Oregon National Guard determined that the existing parking facility should be expanded; this enhancement included the