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The decision of the Authority follows:
44 FLRA No. 60
FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY
WASHINGTON AREA METAL TRADES COUNCIL
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY
NAVAL RESEARCH LABORATORY
DECISION AND ORDER ON A NEGOTIABILITY ISSUE
March 31, 1992
Before Chairman McKee and Members Talkin and Armendariz.
I. Statement of the Case
This case is before the Authority on a negotiability appeal filed under section 7105(a)(2)(E) of the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute (the Statute). The appeal concerns the negotiability of a proposal addressing performance awards. The Union did not file a reply brief. For the following reasons, we find that two sections of the proposal are nonnegotiable because they are inconsistent with a Government-wide regulation.
II. Background and Proposal
The Union and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), which represent separate bargaining units of Agency employees, offered proposals concerning performance awards. By letter dated August 22, 1991, the Agency declared nonnegotiable the IAM proposal. According to the Agency, the same letter was sent to the Union and constitutes the Agency's "unsolicited" allegation of nonnegotiability on the Union's proposal. Statement of Position at 2.
On October 10, 1991, the Agency sent another letter to the IAM and the Union to "clarify" its position on the negotiability of proposals concerning performance awards. Attachment to Petition for Review. Following service of that letter, the Union timely filed the instant negotiability appeal concerning the following proposal:
Performance Awards, Article XXXIII
Section 1. The budget for performance awards will be determined by the Employer and will be based on the salaries of PARS employees.
Section 2. The employees whose names appear on the final listing to receive an "Outstanding" and "Exceeds fully Successful" rating shall receive a cash award.
Section 3. The covered employees will be awarded performance awards as follows:
RATING PERCENT OF SALARY
O 20% but not less than 10%
EFS 10% but not less than 5%
FS 5% but not less than 2%
Section 4. If there is no budget for performance awards the employee who receives an "Outstanding" and "Exceeds fully Successful" will receive a commendation certificate.
Section 5. The Employer agrees to administer the performance awards program fairly and equitably within their budgetary constraints.
Section 6. The Employer and the Union agree on these definitions for "Outstanding" and "Exceeds fully Successful":
OUTSTANDING - Rated "Above fully Successful" on all critical elements and made significant contributions to the organization's mission.
EXCEEDS FULLY SUCCESSFUL - Rated "Above fully Successful" on the majority of critical elements or as modified by DON directives.
III. Positions of the Parties
A. The Agency
The Agency contends that the petition for review was untimely filed. In this connection, the Agency argues that, as its October 10 letter was merely a reiteration of its August 22 allegation of nonnegotiability, the timeliness of the Union's petition must be measured from the earlier allegation. The Agency also excepts to the Authority's "unjustified decision to not delay the filing due date" to respond to the petition because it did not include copies of previous allegations of nonnegotiability or an explicit statement of the