Electronic Rep Wing October 2008

AFGE’s Office of General Counsel has a lawsuit in D.C. Superior Court against the District of Columbia, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty and the Director of the D.C. Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS) seeking to compel DYRS to arbitrate a grievance filed by Local 383.  Local 383 filed the grievance to contest DYRS's implementation of a reduction in force that eliminated the agency's Home Detention Unit.  Local 383 contends that the implementation of the reduction in force was improper because DYRS failed to comply with the District of Columbia's RIF regulations and the collective bargaining agreement.

Equal Pay for Equal Work at DC Consumer and Regulatory Affairs

With representation by the District 14 Legal Rights Attorney Leisha Self, AFGE Local 2725 recently prevailed in a case alleging equal pay for equal work contract violations and retroactive temporary promotions for two Hearing Examiners for the District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs.  Both Hearing Examiners were performing the work at a DS-13 level but were paid at the DS-12 level. An arbitrator ordered over three years of back pay totaling more than $110,000.

Local 2076 and Customs and Border Protection Agency

AFGE was successful in challenging the CBP’s 14- day suspension of an officer for filing inaccurate tax returns. CBP claimed the grievant violated a provision that required him to satisfy his financial and tax obligations.  The arbitrator determined that the officer, who had 35 years of service, no disciplinary history and a commendable work record, acted in good faith when he mistakenly relied on the deduction schedule set up by a relative and an independent tax advisor when he made the same error on his tax returns over the course of several years.  AFGE Legal Rights Attorney Angelia Wade handled the grievance for the officer.

Education Loan Assistance Restored to AFGE Member

With help from Local 3197 VP Valerie Meara, GCO Attorney Chad Harris was able to settle a VA arbitration case involving the Veteran Administration’s Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP).  Under the EDRP, the grievant was entitled to receive loan repayment assistance for five years but management reduced it.  GCO was able to obtain the full repayment assistance of more than $15,000.


For information about previous cases and arbitrations visit http://www.afge-casetrack.org or to register on Casetrack, contact us at [email protected].

Take advantage of the AFGE General Counsel’s Office (GCO) Legal Rights Attorney Program. Visit http://www.afge.org/index.cfm?page=Representation for more details.

For more information about the above-mentioned cases, visit www.afge.org.  To receive printed copies of the Electronic Rep Wing for distribution please email [email protected].

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