Filing a petition when a provision has been disapproved
Under limited circumstances, a negotiability appeal may also be filed after the local union and agency have agreed on the contract language that they expect will be included in the collective bargaining agreement. Under federal labor law, agreed upon contract language has to be reviewed by the agency head, who determines whether in his or her opinion the agreed upon language is legal. If the agency head views the negotiated provisions as illegal, he or she will issue a letter that disapproves the questioned contract provisions. The union must file a petition for review within 15 days of service of the disapproval letter in order to appeal the agency head's determination.