New York State Nurses Association (Union) and Veterans Administration, Bronx Medical Center (Activity) 



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The decision of the Authority follows:


 6 FLRA No. 30
 
 NEW YORK STATE NURSES
 ASSOCIATION
 (Union)
 
 and
 
 VETERANS ADMINISTRATION, BRONX MEDICAL CENTER
 (Activity)
 
                                            Case No. O-NG-486
 
                   ORDER DISMISSING NEGOTIABILITY APPEAL
 
    THIS CASE COMES BEFORE THE FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY (THE
 AUTHORITY) PURSUANT TO SECTION 7105(A)(2)(E) OF THE FEDERAL SERVICE
 LABOR-MANAGEMENT RELATIONS STATUTE (THE STATUTE) (5 U.S.C. 7101 ET
 SEQ.).
 
    THE BASIC FACTS, AS SET FORTH IN THE RECORD, ARE THAT THE LOCAL
 PARTIES (NEW YORK STATE NURSES ASSOCIATION AND VETERANS ADMINISTRATION,
 BRONX MEDICAL CENTER) EXECUTED A NEGOTIATED AGREEMENT ON FEBRUARY 9,
 1981, AND SUBMITTED IT TO THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION FOR REVIEW AND
 APPROVAL IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 7114(C) OF THE STATUTE.  ON APRIL
 27, 1981, THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION ISSUED A LETTER TO THE UNION IN
 WHICH SPECIFIC SECTIONS OF THE NEGOTIATED AGREEMENT WERE DISAPPROVED.
 THIS WRITTEN NOTICE TO THE UNION WAS THUS DATED SEVENTY-SEVEN DAYS AFTER
 THE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT WAS SIGNED, ON FEBRUARY 9, 1981.
 
    SECTION 7114(C) OF THE STATUTE PROVIDES IN PERTINENT PART:
 
    (C)(1) AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN ANY AGENCY AND AN EXCLUSIVE
 REPRESENTATIVE SHALL BE SUBJECT TO
 
    APPROVAL BY THE HEAD OF AN AGENCY.
 
    (2) THE HEAD OF THE AGENCY SHALL APPROVE THE AGREEMENT WITHIN 30 DAYS
 FROM THE DATE THE
 
    AGREEMENT IS EXECUTED IF THE AGREEMENT IS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE
 PROVISIONS OF THIS CHAPTER
 
    AND ANY OTHER APPLICABLE LAW, RULE, OR REGULATION (UNLESS THE AGENCY
 HAS GRANTED AN EXCEPTION
 
    TO THE PROVISION).
 
    (3) IF THE HEAD OF THE AGENCY DOES NOT APPROVE OR DISAPPROVE THE
 AGREEMENT WITHIN THE
 
    30-DAY PERIOD, THE AGREEMENT SHALL TAKE EFFECT AND SHALL BE BINDING
 ON THE AGENCY AND THE
 
    EXCLUSIVE REPRESENTATIVE SUBJECT TO THE PROVISIONS OF THIS CHAPTER
 AND ANY OTHER APPLICABLE
 
    LAW, RULE, OR REGULATION.
 
    THUS, UNDER SECTION 7114(C)(3) OF THE STATUTE, AN AGREEMENT WHICH HAS
 NOT BEEN APPROVED OR DISAPPROVED BY THE AGENCY INVOLVED WITHIN 30 DAYS
 AFTER ITS EXECUTION BECOMES EFFECTIVE AND BINDING ON THE PARTIES ON THE
 31ST DAY, WITHOUT THE APPROVAL OF THE AGENCY, SUBJECT ONLY TO THE
 REQUIREMENTS OF THE STATUTE AND ANY OTHER APPLICABLE LAW, RULE OR
 REGULATION.
 
    THE AUTHORITY HAS PREVIOUSLY ESTABLISHED THAT AN AGENCY HEAD'S
 DISAPPROVAL OF A LOCALLY NEGOTIATED AGREEMENT UNDER SECTION 7114(C)(3)
 OF THE STATUTE MUST BE SERVED ON THE UNION INVOLVED WITHIN 30 DAYS FROM
 THE DATE THE AGREEMENT IS EXECUTED BY THE PARTIES.  /1/ IN ADDITION,
 SECTION 2429.27(B) OF THE AUTHORITY'S RULES AND REGULATIONS PROVIDES
 THAT SERVICE OF ANY DOCUMENT OR PAPERS BY ANY PARTY, INCLUDING DOCUMENTS
 AND PAPER SERVED BY ONE PARTY ON ANOTHER, SHALL BE MADE BY CERTIFIED
 MAIL OR IN PERSON.  THUS, AN AGENCY HEAD'S NOTICE OF DISAPPROVAL OF A
 LOCALLY NEGOTIATED AGREEMENT MUST BE IN WRITTEN FORM AND EITHER MAILED
 BY CERTIFIED MAIL OR DELIVERED IN PERSON TO THE UNION'S DESIGNATED
 REPRESENTATIVE WITHIN THE TIME LIMIT PRESCRIBED.  ABSENT SUCH TIMELY
 SERVICE OF THE DISAPPROVAL, THE AGREEMENT BECOMES EFFECTIVE ON THE 31ST
 DAY AND IS BINDING ON THE PARTIES THEREAFTER, SUBJECT, OF COURSE, TO THE
 PROVISIONS OF THE STATUTE AND ANY OTHER APPLICABLE LAW, RULE, OR
 REGULATION.
 
    IN THIS CASE, AS PREVIOUSLY INDICATED, THE PARTIES' NEGOTIATED
 AGREEMENT WAS EXECUTED ON FEBRUARY 9, 1981, AND SUBMITTED FOR AGENCY
 DISAPPROVAL UNTIL APRIL 27, 1981, OR SEVENTY-SEVEN DAYS AFTER THE
 AGREEMENT WAS EXECUTED AND SUBMITTED FOR APPROVAL.  THEREFORE, UNDER
 SECTION 7114(C)(3) OF THE STATUTE, THE PARTIES' AGREEMENT WENT INTO
 EFFECT ON MARCH 12, 1981, AND IS BINDING ON THE PARTIES, SUBJECT ONLY TO
 THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE STATUTE AND ANY OTHER APPLICABLE LAW, RULE OR
 REGULATION.
 
    CONSEQUENTLY, SINCE THE ENTIRE AGREEMENT, AS NEGOTIATED AND EXECUTED
 BY THE PARTIES, BECAME EFFECTIVE NO LATER THAN MARCH 12, 1981, THE
 AGENCY'S SUBSEQUENT DISAPPROVAL RAISES NO DISPUTE CONCERNING THE TERMS
 OF SUCH AGREEMENT WHICH IS COGNIZABLE UNDER SECTION 7117 OF THE STATUTE.
 
    OUR CONCLUSION THAT THE AGENCY'S DISAPPROVAL OF A NUMBER OF THE
 AGREEMENT PROVISIONS IS NOT COGNIZABLE IN THE PRESENT PROCEEDING DOES
 NOT, OF COURSE, MEAN THAT ANY PROVISIONS IN THE AGREEMENT WHICH ARE
 CONTRARY TO THE ST