September 03, 2002
Magda Lynn Seymour
John Irvine
(202) 639-6419

AFGE Wins Back Pay for 12 Navy Workers

(WASHINGTON, D.C.)-AFGE recently reached a settlement agreement with the Department of the Navy involving over $190,000 in back pay for a dozen Electronic Technicians.

Over 15 years ago, the Navy determined that the workers were entitled to the benefits of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), but later changed this determination based on an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) regulation which mandated that all GS-11 or higher employees be exempt from FLSA.

AFGE brought a lawsuit to challenge the regulation and it was declared unlawful by the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in 1987 in AFGE v. OPM, 821 F.2d 761 (D.C. Cir. 1987). However, the government continued to classify the workers as FLSA exempt. The 12 Electronic Technicians will receive back pay dating back to 1987.

"AFGE has brought justice to the lives and families of these 12 Navy workers," said AFGE National President Bobby L. Harnage. "AFGE and the Navy workers stuck with this case for 15 years and righted a serious wrong."

Visit for a copy of the settlement agreement (PDF). AFGE is the largest federal workers union in the United States, representing 600,000 federal and D.C. workers.

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