International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW), Local Lodge 2783, Union, Representing Civilian Navy Employees Settles Environmental Differential Pay Case for Over $1.1 Million against the Department of the Navy, TRIDENT Refit Facility, Kings Bay, Georgia, Agency.

Washington, DC.  The Law Offices of Snider & Associates, LLC announced today that it completed final resolution of a Settlement Agreement for active, retired, deceased and separated employees at the Department of the Navy, Trident Refit Facility, Kings Bay, Georgia (TRF).  The Settlement Agreement was reached after the issuance of an Arbitration Decision dated September 9, 2010, which was upheld by the FLRA in a Decision dated March 31, 2011, in which Arbitrator Samuel Nicholas found the Agency violated the law, rules and regulations when it failed to properly pay civilian employees environmental differential pay for various job positions and duties.

Under the settlement, TRF agreed to pay more than $1,100,000.00 to resolve claims by the Union on behalf of current and former employees who were not compensated properly.  “After a lengthy arbitration and appeal process, in which the Union proved the Agency’s violations, the Union and TRF managers worked together to resolve this matter favorably for all affected employees,” said Jason I. Weisbrot, Esq. of Snider & Associates LLC., Lead Counsel for IAMAW, adding that “this settlement will ensure that the Agency complies with the regulations for Environmental Differential Pay and will protect both current and future TRF employees, who work tirelessly to maintain the Naval fleet.”  This resolution has been over three years in the making.

The Union brought forth the claims, affecting over one hundred employees, in a Grievance and Arbitration filed by Union President, Harry Spafford in 2008.  The essence of the action was that employees were denied Environmental Differential Pay for various job positions and tasks, including dirty work, high work and work with toxic chemicals.