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AFGE WINS MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN BACKPAY FOR SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION WORKERS

 AFGE WINS MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN BACKPAY
 FOR SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION WORKERS
 WASHINGTON, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Some 13,000 Social Security Administration employees who were denied overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) will soon be sharing millions of dollars in backpay, thanks to the American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO, which won a decisive arbitration victory affirmed by the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) on April 14, 1992.
 "This tremendous victory for SSA employees proves once again that AFGE is the best union to represent their interests," said union National President John N . Sturdivant. It has been a long, hard fight, but employees in the positions covered by the union's grievance, will soon reap the rewards of their patience and their trust in our union," he added.
 The decision (44 FLRA No.66), was the result of exceptions filed by the agency and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to a May 3, 1991 arbitrator's ruling that the workers -- Field Office Claims Representatives and Payment Service Center Claims Authorizers -- were covered under FLSA and not exempt under OPM regulations. This decision was based largely on an earlier AFGE victory before the D.C. Circuit Court -- AFGE v. OPM, 821 F. 2d 761 (D.C. Cir.1987) -- which held that OPM's overtime exemptions under FLSA could not be broader than the Labor Department's exemptions.
 The American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO, is the largest union for federal workers, representing 700,000 government employees in the United States and overseas, as well as employees of the District of Columbia. AFGE represents some 55,000 employees in SSA bargaining units nationwide.
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 /CONTACT: Janice R. Lachance or Jeannette Abrams of the American Federation of Government Employees, 202-639-6423/ CO: Social Security Administration; American Federation of
 Government Employees ST: District of Columbia IN: SU:


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