DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE FEDERAL BUREAU OF PRISONS FEDERAL CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION SAFFORD, ARIZONA and LOCAL 2313, 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 CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION

SAFFORD, ARIZONA

and

LOCAL 2313, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF

GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, AFL-CIO

Case No. 90 FSIP 172

DECISION AND ORDER

Local 2313, American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO (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 Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Federal Correctional Institution, Safford, Arizona (Employer).

After investigation of the request for assistance, the Panel determined that the impasse should be resolved through written submissions from the parties, with the Panel to take whatever action it deemed appropriate to resolve the impasse. Written submissions were made pursuant to these procedures and the Panel has considered the entire record.

BACKGROUND

The Employer's mission is to incarcerate persons convicted of Federal offenses. The Union represents approximately 110 employees who hold positions such as correctional officer, case worker, teacher and secretary; there are also Wage Board employees who work as cooks, electricians, welders, and air-conditioning repairmen. All are part of a nationwide consolidated bargaining unit of approximately 10,000 employees covered by a master collective-bargaining agreement between the Council of Prison Locals, American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons which is due to expire on August 31. 1991.

The instant impasse arose as a result of negotiations over a new supplemental agreement covering local issues. A tentative agreement was reached on all issues except for the scheduling of annual leave. There is currently no uniform method in effect; however, the practice in most departments within the institution has been to schedule such leave strictly on the basis of seniority.

ISSUE AT IMPASSE

The issue concerns the extent to which seniority should control the scheduling of earned and projected annual leave.

1. The Union's Position

The Uni