DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY MARE ISLAND NAVAL SHIPYARD VALLEJO, CALIFORNIA and LOCAL 25, INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF PROFESSIONAL AND TECHNICAL ENGINEERS, AFL-CIO

United States of America

BEFORE THE FEDERAL SERVICE IMPASSES PANEL



In the Matter of )

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DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY )

MARE ISLAND NAVAL SHIPYARD )

VALLEJO, CALIFORNIA )

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and ) Case No. 91 FSIP 269

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LOCAL 25, INTERNATIONAL )

FEDERATION OF PROFESSIONAL )

AND TECHNICAL )

ENGINEERS, AFL-CIO )

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DECISION AND ORDER



Local 25, International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, AFL-CIO (Union), filed a request 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. S 7119, between it and the Department of the Navy, Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California (Employer).



Following investigation of the request for assistance, the Panel determined that the impasse, concerning a "finder's fee" for

employees who are responsible for bringing nontraditional work to

the Shipyard, should be resolved on the basis of a single written

submission from the parties, with the Panel to take whatever action

it deemed appropriate to resolve the dispute. Written submissions

were made pursuant to this procedure and the Panel has now considered the entire record.1/



1/ Following their receipt, a teleconference was conducted with the parties during which a procedural issue involving an allegation by the Union of a defect in the Employer's submission was resolved. The parties also agreed to continue voluntary efforts to settle the case. This was followed by another teleconference in which the parties reported that although a settlement had not been reached, their disagreement had been refined. As their positions now were significantly different from those presented in their initial submissions, they were given the opportunity to submit new final offers with brief supporting statements.



BACKGROUND



The Employer is an industrial-funded activity whose primary mission is to repair Naval vessels, mainly submarines. The Union represents approximately 550 professional employees, most of whom are engineers. The parties' collective-bargaining agreement expires on February 18, 1993. The dispute arose after the Employer opened a bus