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April 7, 2010

Postal workers to get settlement

NEW CASTLE — New Castle postal workers have been awarded $5.3 million in a settlement agreement reached through arbitration.

The agreement resulted from a union grievance over the U.S. Postal Service’s hiring of temporary workers at the New Castle processing and distribution facility from 1993 through 2006. The temporary workers were paid less than regular employees.

According to the Postal Service, the settlement of $5,357,026.10 affects 202 employees.

David Wigley, president of American Postal Workers Union Local 227, said the first group of mail processing clerks received checks about two weeks ago and the remaining members received them last week.

The individual amounts, he said, range from about $75 to approximately $60,000 depending on the length of time a person had been employed during the violation. He said a person receiving the $75 may have been at the facility for only one day during the period.

The amount was determined by taking the amount of hours worked by temporary employees and multiplying that times the pay rate for employees on the middle of the pay scale, Wigley said.

Tad Kelley, spokesman for the Western Pennsylvania District of the Postal Service, issued the following statement:

“Contractual grievances not resolved may be appealed by the union to an arbitrator — who in this case dating back to early 1990s, issued a final and binding decision.”

The arbitrator was Matthew M. Franckiewicz. Signing the agreement were Mark Sisto, labor relations specialist for the Postal Service, and Robert Romanowski, national business agent for the postal workers union.

Wigley said of the payments to the workers, “It should have a positive impact on the local economy. Even though it’s detrimental to the Postal Service, we managed to get back money in the local community.”

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