DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY DEFENSE CONTRACT MANAGEMENT DISTRICT SOUTH MARIETTA, GEORGIA and LOCALS 1361, 2069, 2128, 2475, 3024, AND 3953, AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, AFL-CIO

United States of America

BEFORE THE FEDERAL SERVICE IMPASSES PANEL



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IN THE MATTER OF )

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DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY )

DEFENSE CONTRACT MANAGEMENT )

DISTRICT SOUTH )

MARIETTA, GEORGIA )

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and ) Case No. 92 FSIP 81

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LOCALS 1361, 2069, 2128, )

2475, 3024, AND 3953, )

AMERICAN FEDERATION OF )

GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, )

AFL-CIO )

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DECISION AND ORDER



Locals 1361, 2069, 2128, 2475, 3024, and 3953, American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO (Union) filed a request for assistance with the Federal Service Impasses Panel to consider a negotiation impasse under the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute (Statute), 5 U.S.C. § 7119, between them and the Defense Logistics Agency, Defense Contract Management District South, Marietta, Georgia (Employer or DCMDS).



After investigation of the request for assistance, the Panel determined that the impasse, concerning the availability of relocation services for bargaining-unit employees, 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 this procedure,l/ and the Panel has considered the entire record.



/ The Union did not submit a statement of position or a rebuttal. It did submit a letter of explanation, 3 weeks after the deadline set by the Panel, which was not considered in reaching this decision.



BACKGROUND



The Employer's mission is to administer contracts for the Department of Defense (DOD). The 6 locals in this case represent approximately 1,900 bargaining-unit employees. These employees hold positions such as secretary, procurement clerk, engineer, industrial specialist, and contract administrator. The parties are covered by a nationwide collective-bargaining agreement which is scheduled to expire in November 1993.



The impasse arose during negotiations over the impact and implementation of a pending reduction in force (RIF). The parties reached agreement on a number of issues addressing the impact of the RIF, which included competitive areas encompassing a larger geographical area, and employee entitlement to permanent change of station (PCS) benefits in accordance with Department of Defense Joint Travel Regulations (JTR).2/ Because, under certain circumstances, the Employer also provides a relocation service called the "Guaranteed Homesale Service,"3/ the Union proposed that it be made available to employees in connection with the

negotiations over the RIF.





2/ Under the JTR, employees are entitled to be reimbursed for expenses incurred in selling a home when the employee is authorized a permanent change of station. Specifically, paragraph C14002 of the JTR states that the total amount of expenses that may be reimbursed in connection with the sale of a residence at the old permanent duty station shall not exceed 10 percent of the actual sale price or $20,115, whichever is less. In connection with the purchase of a residence at the new permanent duty station, reimbursement shall not exceed 5 percent of the purchase price or $10,057, whichever is less. JTR also covers such expenses as househunting trips, temporary quarters su