31:1151(96)PS - Decision on Request for Cease and Desist Order and Request for General Statement of Policy or Guidance -- 1988 FLRAdec PS



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31:1151(96)PS
The decision of the Authority follows:


  31 FLRA NO. 96

                                          Case No. 0-PS-31

DECISION ON REQUEST FOR CEASE AND DESIST ORDER AND REQUEST FOR
GENERAL STATEMENT OF POLICY OR GUIDANCE

     I. Statement of the Case

     On March 11, 1988, the Department of the Navy (Agency), on
behalf of the Marine Corps Development and Education Command,
Quantico, Virginia, requested the Authority to direct the Federal
Service Impasses Panel (Panel) to cease and desist from directing
the Agency and Local 1786, American Federation of Government
Employees (Union) to engage in interest arbitration to resolve a
bargaining dispute. In the alternative, the Agency requests us to
issue a policy statement that the Panel is without authority to
direct parties to engage in interest arbitration. No  submissions
have been filed by other parties. For the reasons that follow, we
deny the Agency's requests.

     II. Background

     While renegotiating their basic collective bargaining
agreement, the Agency and the Union reached impasse over
proposals concerning annual and sick leave for temporary and
intermittent nonappropriated fund employees. The Union requested
the Panel's assistance in settling the impasse, and the Panel
accepted the Union's request. The Pa