Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience.
Our agency has not given out our award money since October 2011, which is a clear violation of our contract which states that the award money should be paid expeditiously. The union alleges that the money has been allocated but not dispersed to the employees. Where can I file my complaint on this clear violation of our contract?
Your union files the complaint. If they think the collective bargaining agreement has been violated, it can file a grievance. However, these are tough times for federal employees and agencies and there may just be no award money.
Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw Bransford & Roth PC.
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