33:0225(24)NG - - Federal Firefighters Association, Local 58 and Air Force, Otis Air NG, MA - - 1988 FLRAdec NG - - v33 p225
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The decision of the Authority follows:
33 FLRA No. 24
FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY
FEDERAL FIREFIGHTERS ASSOCIATION
DEPARTMENT OF AIR FORCE
OTIS AIR NATIONAL GUARD
ORDER DISMISSING PETITION FOR REVIEW
On July 26, 1988, the Federal Firefighters Association, Local 58 (the Union) filed a petition for review of negotiability issues. For the reasons set forth below, the Union's petition must be dismissed as untimely.
The Union and the Agency met to negotiate the parties' initial collective bargaining agreement. On June 24, 1988, the Agency served the Acting Union President with a written allegation that a certain provision of the parties' agreement was nonnegotiable. Later, on July 1, 1988, the Agency served a second allegation of nonnegotiability dated June 30, 1988, on the Acting Union President regarding another contract provision. Both allegations were subsequently received by the Executive Director of the Union on July 14, 1988. The Union's petition for review, dated July 26, 1988, was filed, by hand, with the Authority.
The time limit for filing a petition for review of negotiability issues is 15 days after the agency's allegation of nonnegotiability is served on the exclusive representative. 5 U.S.C. 7117(c)(2) and 5 C.F.R. 2424.3. The date of service is the day the document is date stamped by the U.S. Postal Service or delivered in person. 5 C.F.R. 2429.27(d).
The Agency argues that service on the Acting Union President on June 24th and July 1st constituted service on the Union. Further, the Agency asserts that the Union's petition filed on July 26th, more than 15 days after the date of service of either of the allegations, is untimely. The Union argues that the Agency's service of its allegations was not made on the proper Union official. The Union contends that the Executive Director was the designated Union official to receive notification of nonnegotiable declarations from management. The Union has submitted a declaration from the Executive Director stating that "[i]n accordance with the ground rules for negotiations between the parties, the parties have agreed that notification on nonnegotiable declarations by management must be to me." The Union maintains that since it filed its petition 12 days after July 14, 1988, the date the Executive Director received the allegations, its petition was timely.
Article 7, Section 3 of the parties' ground rules provides in pertinent part that "[i]f the negotiability issue is not resolved, a written allegation that Management is excepted from the obligation to negotiate will be provided to the Union." There is nothing in the ground rules that constitutes an explicit restriction on the Union official who coul