FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 04, 2002
Magda Lynn Seymour
John Irvine
(202) 639-6419

AFGE Wins Settlement For 16 Workers

(WASHINGTON, D.C.)—The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) and the Veterans Cemetery Administration (VCA) reached a settlement agreement in March involving 16 computer specialists working in Washington, D.C.

The settlement involves $75,030.31 in back pay covering the period from October 25, 1991 to February 25, 2001. It was on the latter date that the VCA, an agency in the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), changed the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA) status of the computer specialists from exempt to nonexempt.

AFGE anticipates an arbitration in the future to decide whether all Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) employees are entitled to more back pay.

The settlement, which the DVA is expected to officially sign later this week, is part of AFGE’s comprehensive attempt to assure that all DVA employees receive the full amount of pay they are entitled to under FLSA.

“Whether it’s ten months or ten years, 16 computer specialists or 16,000 nurses, AFGE will continue to be relentless in its efforts to bring greater justice to federal workers,” said AFGE National President Bobby L. Harnage.

AFGE, which represents 125,000 DVA employees, is the largest union for government employees, representing 600,000 federal and D.C. workers. For more on AFGE, log onto www.afge.org.

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