DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS VETERANS AFFAIRS MEDICAL CENTER BEDFORD, MASSACHUSETTS and LOCAL R1-32, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, SEIU, AFL-CIO







United States of America



BEFORE THE FEDERAL SERVICE IMPASSES PANEL



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In the Matter of

DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS )

VETERANS AFFAIRS MEDICAL CENTER )

BEDFORD, MASSACHUSETTS )

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and ) Case Nos. 91 FSIP 190 and ) 92 FSIP 74

LOCAL R1-32, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION )

OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES )

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DECISION AND ORDER



Local R1-32, National Association of Government Employees (Union) filed requests for assistance with the Federal Service Impasses Panel (Panel) to consider negotiation impasses under the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute (Statute), 5 U.S.C. § 7119, between it and the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Bedford, Massachusetts (Employer or VAMC).



After investigation of the request for assistance, the Panel consolidated the cases and directed the parties to participate in a telephone informal conference with Staff Associate Ellen J. Kolansky for the purpose of resolving the disputes concerning compressed work schedules (CWS). The parties were advised that if no settlement were reached, Mrs. Kolansky was to notify the Panel of the status of the dispute, including the parties' final offers and her recommendations for resolving the matter. After considering this information, the Panel would take whatever action it deemed appropriate to resolve the impasse, including the issuance of a binding decision.



Mrs. Kolansky spoke with the parties on March 24, 1992. During the call, the parties reached agreement on one issue, but two remain unresolved. She reported to the Panel on the dispute based on the record developed by the parties, including their written statements of position. The Panel has now considered the entire record, including her recommendations for settlement.



BACKGROUND



The Employer provides medical care to veterans. The Union represents approximately 1,000 employees, part of a