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