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1 : a cause of distress (as an unsatisfactory working condition or unfair labor practice) felt to afford a reason for complaint or dispute
: a violation of a collective bargaining agreement usually by the employer
2 : the formal expression of a grievance brought esp. by an employee as the initial step toward resolution through a grievance procedure see also arbitration grievance arbitration at arbitration, mediation
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.