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The decision of the Authority follows:


33 FLRA No. 121

FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY

WASHINGTON, D.C.

AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES

AFL-CIO, LOCAL 2608

and

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION

SANTURCE BRANCH OFFICE, PUERTO RICO

0-NG-1592

ORDER

July 20, 1989

On September 7, 1988, the American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO, Local 2608 (the Union) filed a petition for review of a negotiability issue pursuant to 5 U.S.C. § 7117(c) and 5 C.F.R. § 2424.1. The Department of Health and Human Services, Social Security Administration (the Agency) did not file a Statement of Position. The Union's petition was untimely filed and must be dismissed.

Under 5 U.S.C. § 7117(c)(2) of the Statute and section 2424.3 of the Authority's Rules and Regulations (5 C.F.R. § 2424.3), the time limit for filing a petition for review of a negotiability issue is 15 days after service on the Union of the Agency's allegation of nonnegotiability. Further, the time limit established in section § 7117(c)(2) of the Statute may not be extended or waived by the Authority. 5 C.F.R. § 2429.23(d).

This case concerns the negotiability of one proposal which provides that management will not adversely affect employees by assigning work which is clearly not within an employee's job description. During proceedings before the Federal Service Impasses Panel, the Agency alleged that this proposal, among others not involved in this appeal, was outside the duty to bargain because it conflicted with management's right to assign work under section 7106(a)(2)(B) of the Statute. The Union, as it is permitted to do, ignored this unsolicited allegation and on July 25, 1988, requested a written allegation of nonnegotiability from the Agency. The Agency responded to this request on August 11, 1988, stating as to this proposal, that "[a]ssignment of work is a management right." Letter from the Agency to the Union dated August 11, 1988, attached to the petition for review. Subsequently, in its September 7, 1988, petition for review the Union attached the Agency's August 11, 1988, letter and claimed that "[m]anagement up to this date has refused to declare the specific proposal a non-negotiable issue, but did indicate that this issue involved a management right." Petition for review at l.

Section 2429.27(d) of the Authority's Rules and Regulations, (5 C.F.R. § 2429.27(d)), provides that the date of service is the day a matter served is deposited in the U.S. mail or is delivered in person. In the absence of a postmarked envelope or other evidence bearing the actual service date, the date on an allegation of nonnegotiability is presumed to be the date on which it is served. Further, whenever a party is served by mail, 5 days are added to the 15-da