26:0284(35)NG - FUSE, NAGE and Navy, Naval Underwater Systems Center, Newport, RI -- 1987 FLRAdec NG



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26:0284(35)NG
The decision of the Authority follows:


 26 FLRA No. 35
 
 FEDERAL UNION OF SCIENTISTS AND 
 ENGINEERS, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION 
 OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES
 Union
 
 and
 
 DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY, NAVAL 
 UNDERWATER SYSTEMS CENTER 
 NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND
 Agency
 
                                            Case No. 0-NG-1036
 
                 DECISION AND ORDER ON NEGOTIABILITY ISSUE
 
                         I.  Statement of the Case
 
    This case is before the Authority because of a negotiability appeal
 filed by the Union under section 7105(a)(2)(D) and (E) of the Federal
 Service Labor-Management Relations Statute (the Statute) and presents
 issues concerning the negotiability of the following proposal.  We find
 that the proposal is nonnegotiable.
 
                             II.  The Proposal
 
    The Union proposed that, effective immediately, the Agency use the
 "Runzheimer Meal-Lodging Cost Index," rather than the Agency's Joint
 Travel Regulations (JTRs), to determine the reasonableness of claims for
 meal expenditures by unit employees.  The record shows that the
 Runzheimer Index is an index, published quarterly by an independent
 resource service, that reflects the meal cost experiences of persons
 travelling to specified urban areas of the country.  The text of the
 proposal is included as an Appendix to this decision.