Article 24

Grievance Procedure

Section 1--Purpose

The purpose of this article is to provide a mutually acceptable method for the prompt and equitable settlement of grievances filed by bargaining unit employee(s), the Union or the Administration.

Section 2--Coverage and Scope

A grievance means any complaint:

A.  by an employee(s) concerning any matter relating to the employment of the employee;

B.  by the Union concerning any matter relating to the employment of any employee; or

C.  by any employee(s), the Union or the Administration concerning:

1. the effect or interpretation, or a claim of breach, of a collective    bargaining agreement; or

2.  any claimed violation, misinterpretation or misapplication of any law,    rule or regulation affecting conditions of employment.

D. Grievances on the following matters are excluded from the scope of this procedure:

1. any claimed violation of 5 U.S.C. 73 relating to prohibited political    activities;

2. retirement, life insurance or health insurance;

3. a suspension or removal under 5 U.S.C. 7532 relating to national    security;

4.  any examination, certification, or appointment; or

5.  the classification of any position which does not result in the    reduction in grade or pay of an employee.