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The decision of the Authority follows:
36 FLRA No. 34
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL
ROCK ISLAND, ILLINOIS
ORDER DISMISSING PETITION FOR REVIEW
July 12, 1990
The Union has filed a petition for review of negotiability
issues in the above-captioned case. on June 11, 1990, the Authority issued an Order directing the Union to Show Cause why
its petition for review should not be dismissed as untimely filed. The Union filed a timely response to the Authority's
Order. For the reasons set out below, the Union's petition for review is untimely and must be dismissed.
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. The date of service is the date the allegation is deposited in the U.S. mail or is delivered in person. 5 C.F.R. 2429.27(d). The time limit may not be extended or waived by the Authority. 5 C.F.R. 2429.23(d).
In its response to the order to Show Cause the Union states that the allegation of nonnegotiability was hand-delivered to the Union on April 30, 1990. Accordingly, a petition for review of
the Agency's allegation of nonnegotiability had to be either postmarked by the U.S. Postal Service or received in person at the Authority no later than May 15, 1990, in order to be considered timely. 5 C.F.R. 2424.3.
The two methods of filing documents with the Authority are by mail (U.S. Postal Service) or in person (party, agent or delivery service). 5 C.F.R. 2429.24(e). If "the filing is by personal delivery, it shall be considered filed on the date it is received by the Authority(.)" 5 C.F.R. 2429.21(b).
The Union sent its petition for review to the Authority by Federal Express on May 15, 1990. Federal Express is a delivery service not associated with the U.S. Postal Service. The petition was received by the Authority on May 16, 1990. Accordingly, the Union's petition for review was filed on the date it was received
by the Authority. As the petition for review was neither postmarked by the U.S. Postal Service nor received in person at the Authority's Docket Room prior to the close of business on May 15, 1990, the petition for review is untimely filed. See American Federation of Government Employees, Local 2047 and U.S. Department of Defense, Defense Logistics Agency, Defense General Supply Center, Richmond, Virginia, 35 FLRA 1089 (1990).
As noted previously, the time limit for filing a petition for review of negotiability issues may not be extended or waived. Accordingly, as the petition for review was not timely filed, the petition for review is dismissed.
For the Authority.
Alicia N. Columna
Director, Case Control Office
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