Gregg S. Jablonski, Petitioner, v. Merit Systems Protection Board, Respondent, 36 F.3d 1117 (Fed. Cir. 1994)

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U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit - 36 F.3d 1117 (Fed. Cir. 1994)

Sept. 22, 1994



BEFORE RICH, NIES and NEWMAN, Circuit Judges.


Gregg S. Jablonski appeals the decision of the Merit Systems Protection Board (Board), dismissing his appeal for lack of jurisdiction. Jablonski v. United States Postal Serv., No. NY-0752-94-0163-I-1 (April 15, 1994). Because Jablonski is not an "employee" within the meaning of 5 U.S.C. § 7511(a) (1) (1988), we affirm.

Jablonski served as a mail handler in the United States Postal Service (USPS) until his removal effective January 8, 1993. Following arbitration which denied his grievance, Jablonski filed an appeal with the MSPB. Jablonski's appeal was dismissed for lack of jurisdiction because USPS employees are not covered by CSRA except for certain "preference eligible" veterans. Jablonski does not dispute that he does not qualify as a "preference eligible" veteran.

On appeal, Jablonski attacks the merits of the arbitrator's decision. However, the only decision before us for review is that of the MSPB holding that Jablonski had no right to appeal. Because the Board was clearly correct in dismissing petitioner's case for lack of jurisdiction, we must affirm its decision.