A grievance is a complaint by a bargaining unit employee, the Union, or the Agency about the effect or interpretation of the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) or any claimed violation or misapplication of any rule or regulation affecting conditions of employment.
All disciplinary and adverse actions may be challenged under the CBA as not meeting the contractual standard of being taken for "just and sufficient cause." Other common kinds of grievances seek redress for concerns about annual performance reviews, prohibited discrimination in the workplace, denial or delay of career ladder promotions, and uncompensated temporary promotions. Sometimes the union files group grievances on behalf of a defined group of bargaining unit employees.
AFGE representatives process grievances under Article 26 of the National Agreement. Local 2578 has a robust arbitration program and a strong track record of winning settlements and arbitration awards for members.
Consult with a union representative to discuss your options when you believe you have a grievance.