DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS NORTHERN IDAHO AGENCY LAPWAI, IDAHO and LOCAL 265, NATIONAL FEDERATION OF FEDERAL EMPLOYEES

United States of America

BEFORE THE FEDERAL SERVICE IMPASSES PANEL

 

 

In the Matter of )

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS

NORTHERN IDAHO AGENCY

LAPWAI, IDAHO

and

LOCAL 265, NATIONAL

FEDERATION OF FEDERAL

EMPLOYEES

Case No. 90 FSIP 11

 

DECISION AND ORDER

 

Local 265, National Federation of Federal Employees (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 the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Northern Idaho Agency, Lapwai, Idaho (Employer).

The Panel determined that the impasse should be resolved pursuant to written submissions from the parties with the Panel to take whatever action it deemed appropriate to resolve the impasse. Submissions were made pursuant to these procedures and the Panel has considered the entire record

BACKGROUND

The Employer's mission is to provide services to the Nez Pierce, Coeur D'Alene, and Kootenai Indian tribes whose members live on approximately 158,000 acres of reservation land in northern Idaho. The Employer provides law enforcement, social and environmental services, and assistance In managing forestry programs on the reservations. Employees are part of a nationwide consolidated bargaining unit of approximately 10,000 in the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA); the Northern Idaho Agency employs about 47 General Schedule and Wage Grade employees who hold positions such as law enforcement officer, forester, secretary, clerk, teller, and social worker.

The master collective-bargaining agreement (CBA) between the National Federation of Federal Employees and BIA, which was to expire in May 1989, has been extended until its successor is executed. There is also in effect a November 16, 1988, supplemental agreement to the master CBA which authorizes the parties at the local levels to negotiate over alternative work schedules (AWS).

The dispute herein arose during negotiations over AWS pursuant to the supplemental agreement, and concerns, essentially, whether employees should be permitted to experiment with a variety of work schedules.

ISSUE AT IMPASSE

The parties disagr