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Office of the General Counsel

Date: [XXX]
Matter of: [XXX]
File Number: S9700011

OPM Contact: Joann Charleston

We have completed our review of a claim submitted by past and present postal workers of [name] Air Force Base, [city, country], and have determined that the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) cannot render a decision concerning this matter.

The record shows that the employees are part of a unit covered by a Collective Bargaining Agreement, and that they filed a grievance through the negotiated grievance procedure.

Our Office cannot take jurisdiction over the claim of a Federal employee on a matter that is subject to the negotiated grievance procedure under a collective bargaining agreement between the employees agency and union, unless that matter is or was specifically excluded from the agreements grievance procedure. This is because the courts have found that Congress intended that such grievance procedure is to be the exclusive remedy for

Cecil E. Riggs, et al.,

B-222962.3, April 23, 1992.

Accordingly, since the claim filed by the employees are subject to negotiated grievance procedures, we decline to assert jurisdiction or issue a decision concerning this matter.

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