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Mueller v. Government Printing Office, 2015-3032

In a grievance against petitioner's employer, which was referred to an arbitrator pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement, the arbitrator's dismissal of the grievance as not arbitrable on the ground that a four-month deadline for holding a hearing, as required by the agreement, had passed, is reversed where: 1) the arbitrator erred because the contractual provision does not require dismissal of the grievance in the event of noncompliance with the four-month deadline; and 2) the deadline is merely a nonbinding housekeeping rule to encourage timely arbitration, one that is addressed to the arbitrator as well as the parties.

Appellate Information

  • Decided
  • Published 2016/01/15


  • DYK


  • United States Federal Circuit


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