Tue, 05/09/2006



Air Force Materiel Command Instruction (AFMCI) 21-122

“Foreign Object Damage (FOD) and Dropped Object Prevention (DOP),” revision dated 1 Aug 05



1.      The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) and Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC), hereafter referred to as the Union and Management, hereby enter into this MOA regarding the above matters as they apply to bargaining unit members covered by the Master Labor Agreement (MLA) between the Parties.


2.      To accommodate the bargaining unit impact of implementing the above referenced Air Force Materiel Colmmand Insturuction, the parties agree to the following:


a.                   FOD/DOP Program Committees – The Union local will be afforded an opportunity to be represented in the meetings of Center FOD/DOP Program Committee.  When the minutes of any Center FOD/DOP Program Committee meeting are distributed, the Union local shall receive a copy.


b.                  Rag Control – Rag control procedures will be established at installation/wing level.  Union locals shall be briefed and afforded the opportunity to bargain the bargainable aspects of these procedures.  It is understood that the practice of one-for-one replacement will not normally apply to paper towels, “handi-whipes” or similar disposable products.


c.                   Cell Phones & Electronic Devices – Restrictions expressed in paragraph 3.7 of the AFMCI regarding cell phones, radios, etc. apply to all persons working in a high critical FOD area, including mechanics, inspectors and all other persons in the immediate area. High critical FOD areas include cockpits, flight controls, fuel cells and other areas identified by the FOD/DOP Program Committee. Disputes regarding what constitutes a “high critical” FOD area will be resolved by FOD/DOP Committee.  Devices prohibited from such areas may be stored in personal lockers or personal drawers.  Prohibited devices may be carried and used in personal locker/drawer areas, rest areas and other areas sufficiently removed from the critical FOD area.


3.      All remedies available under the MLA or U.S.C.71 are available to the parties if either party believes the other has failed to comply with any of the requirements of this MOA.




Scott Blanch

For the Union    9 May 06                       

H. Edward Harris  

For Management     9 May 06



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