DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE FEDERAL BUREAU OF PRISONS FEDERAL MEDICAL CENTER FORT WORTH, TEXAS and LOCAL 1298, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, AFL-CIO

United States of America

BEFORE THE FEDERAL SERVICE IMPASSES PANEL

 

In the Matter of

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

FEDERAL BUREAU OF PRISONS

FEDERAL MEDICAL CENTER

FORT WORTH, TEXAS

and

LOCAL 1298, AMERICAN FEDERATION

OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, AFL-CIO

 

Case Nos. 00 FSIP 62 and 69

DECISION AND ORDER

    The Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Federal Medical Center, Fort Worth, Texas (Employer) and Local 1298, American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO (Union) filed separate requests 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.

    Following an investigation of the requests for assistance, which arose from the Employer’s decision to prohibit employees from wearing denim jeans and athletic shoes at work, the Panel determined that the dispute should be resolved through written submissions from the parties. After considering the entire record, the Panel would take whatever action it deems appropriate to resolve the impasse, including the issuance of a binding decision. Written submissions were made pursuant to this procedure, and the Panel has now considered the entire record.

BACKGROUND

    The Employer’s mission is the Federal custody of convicted inmates; inmates in three of its six units require long-term medical care. There are 450 employees working at the facility, about 340 of whom are in the bargaining unit. Bargaining-unit employees work as correctional officers, unit secretaries, case managers, counselors, medical staff, physicians, nurses, psychologists, mechanical services employees, warehouse employees, financial management employees, in grades ranging from GS-4 to GS-15 and WS-3 to WS-9. The parties’ master collective bargaining agreement (MCBA) is due to expire on March 8, 2001.<