DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS LITTLE ROCK DISTRICT LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS and LOCAL 2219, INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF ELECTRICAL WORKERS, AFL-CIO

United States of America

BEFORE THE FEDERAL SERVICE IMPASSES PANEL

In the Matter of

DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS
LITTLE ROCK DISTRICT
LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS

and

LOCAL 2219, INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF ELECTRICAL WORKERS, AFL-CIO

Case No. 02 FSIP 53

DECISION AND ORDER

    Local 2219, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, AFL-CIO (Union), and the Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Little Rock District, Little Rock, Arkansas (Employer), filed a joint request for assistance with the Federal Service Impasses Panel (Panel) to consider a negotiation impasse under the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute, 5 U.S.C. § 7119.

    Following an investigation of the request for assistance, which concerns the kind of shirts authorized to be worn by lock and dam operators, the last issue to be resolved in local negotiations over a uniform policy, the Panel determined that the dispute should be resolved through single written submissions from the parties. After receiving their submissions, the Panel would take whatever action it deemed appropriate to resolve the impasse, which could include the issuance of a Decision and Order. Written submissions were made pursuant to this procedure, and the Panel has now considered the entire record.

BACKGROUND

    The Employer provides engineering, construction management, and environmental services in peace and war. The civil works program includes navigation, flood damage reduction, recreation, hydropower, environmental regulation and other missions. The Little Rock District operates the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas Navigation System (MKARNS).(1) The Union represents approximately 300 bargaining-unit employees who work in such positions as budget analyst, program analyst, maintenance mechanic, powerhouse operator, lock and dam operator, boat operator and secretary,