DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, REGION 9, SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA and LOCAL 1450, NATIONAL FEDERATION OF FEDERAL EMPLOYEES, FEDERAL DISTRICT 1, INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MACHINISTS AND AEROSPACE WORKERS, AFL-CIO

 

 

 

ARBITRATOR’S OPINION AND DECISION
 
Local 1450, National Federation of Federal Employees, Federal District 1, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, AFL-CIO, (Union), filed a request for assistance with the Federal Service Impasses Panel (Panel) to consider a negotiation impasse under the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute (Statute), 5 U.S.C. § 7119, between it and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Region 9, San Francisco, California (Employer or HUD).
 
After an investigation of the request for assistance, which arises from mid-term bargaining over changes in the Agency’s transit subsidy and transportation policy, the Panel directed the parties to mediation-arbitration with the undersigned. Accordingly, on March 31, 2010, a mediation-arbitration session was held with representatives of the parties. During the mediation phase, the parties agreed to resolve their dispute by implementing a pilot carpooling program for employees in certain offices, with the undersigned to determine the terms of the pilot. The parties were provided a full opportunity to present evidence and arguments in support of their positions.
 
BACKGROUND
 
The Employer is one of 10 regions responsible for programs that address America’s housing needs, including improvement and development of the Nation’s communities, and enforcement of fair housing laws. The Union represents approximately 550 professional and non-professional bargaining-unit employees stationed in 11 offices in four states within Region 9. Employees hold positions such as appraiser, architect, fair housing specialist, housing project manager, single family housing specialist, and program assistant. The parties’ current collective-bargaining agreement was due to expire in May 2008; they have agreed to continue to follow its terms, however, until a successor CBA is implemented. Currently, the parties do not have any written agreements concerning transportation subsidies. Rather, those benefits have been administered on the basi