33:0862(116)NG - - AFGE Local 2004 and Army, New Cumberland Army Depot, New Cumberland, PA - - 1989 FLRAdec NG - - v33 p862
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The decision of the Authority follows:
33 FLRA No. 116
FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY
AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
NEW CUMBERLAND ARMY DEPOT
NEW CUMBERLAND, PENNSYLVANIA
ORDER DISMISSING PETITION FOR REVIEW
June 9, 1989
The American Federation of Government Employees, Local 2004 (Union) has filed a petition for review of negotiability issues in the above-referenced case. On April 21, l989, the Authority directed the Union to show cause why its petition for review should not be dismissed as untimely. The Union timely filed a response to the Order to Show Cause.
The time limit for filing a petition for review of negotiability issues is 15 days after service on the Union of the Agency's allegation of nonnegotiability. 5 C.F.R. § 2424.3. If the allegation is served by mail, 5 days are added to the 15-day period for filing the petition for review. 5 C.F.R. § 2429.22. The time limit may not be extended or waived by the Authority. 5 C.F.R. § 2429.23(d). All documents filed with the Authority must be filed in the Authority's Docket Room, 500 C Street, SW., Washington, D.C. 20424. 5 C.F.R. § 2429.24(a).
The U.S. Department of the Army, New Cumberland Army Depot's (Agency) allegation of nonnegotiability was dated March 9, 1989. In its response to the Order to Show Cause the Union does not dispute that the allegation of nonnegotiability was served on the Union by mail on March 9, 1989. Accordingly, the Union's petition for review had to be either postmarked by the U.S. Postal Service or received in person at the Authority's Docket Room no later than March 29, 1989, to be timely filed. 5 C.F.R. §§ 2424.3, 2429.21(b) and 2429.22. The Union's petition for review was filed (postmarked) on March 31, 1989.
In response to the Authority's Order to Show Cause, the Union states that the petition for review was sent in error to the Philadelphia Regional Office on March 24, 1989. On March 30, 1989, Ms. Barbara Liggett, Supervisory Attorney, Philadelphia Regional Office, informed the Union that the Union's appeal was improperly filed with the Region and returned the documents to the Union. On March 31, 1989, the Union filed its petition for review with the Authority's Docket Room. The Union requests that its petition be accepted as timely filed since it was timely filed with the Regional office.
A petition for review of negotiability issues may not be filed in a Regional Office. 5 C.F.R. § 2429.24(a). See American Federation of Government Employees, Local 1735 and Department of the Navy, Public Works Department, Naval Air Station, Kingsville, Texas, 28 FLRA 771 (1987). The Union offers no reason other than its "mistake" for its failure to timely file its petition for review in the Authority's Docket Room. In these circumstances, there is no basis on which the Authority may find the petition for review to be timely filed.