The following are FAQs Chapter 137 has put together based on the inquiries and feedback being received by us from the bargaining unit. Please read them all as they will provide you with valuable information regarding the Global Settlement and awards distributions.
Q: When will the checks be mailed?
A: The initial checks are scheduled to be mailed to covered individuals this summer from August 14 to 25. The checks will be mailed by geographic region. We should know the order in the next few weeks.
Q: How much money will I receive?
A: Please note that information about individual awards is not yet available.
Q: Which employees are entitled to cash distributions under the settlement?
A: Current and former bargaining unit GS-1895 CBPOs, including CBPOEs and canine officers, and GS-401 CBPASes who served in one of those positions between October 1, 2010 and September 30, 2015. It also includes retirees who were employed in one of these bargaining unit positions at some point in FY 11 – FY 15 (10/1/10 – 9/30/15). Employees must have served one of the above mentioned positions during the dates mentioned (10/1/2010 - 9/30/2015).
Q: How will cash distributions be determined?
A: Individual amounts will be determined using a share-based formula, with the number of individual shares based on years of service, including service preceding 10/1/10 (but not before 10/1/03). Generally, those with more service will receive a larger share since they likely suffered more harm.
There are two limitations on payments; the annual overtime cap of $35K (or $45K if the individual received a waiver) and payments already made pursuant to covered national or local grievances.
The agreement is funded by unspent funds for fiscal years 2011 through 2015. Each employee covered by the settlement will only receive a share of the funds for a fiscal year within that time frame during which he or she occupied a covered BU position. For example, an employee who occupied a covered BU position before retiring in 2013, gets a share of the 2011, 2012, and 2013 funds but does not get a share of the 2014 or 2015 funds.
Q: Who will perform the distribution calculations and distribute the funds?
A: A firm, Brown/Greer (BG) in Richmond, Virginia, has been retained to serve as the special administrator (SA) of the settlement agreement to perform these functions. BG specializes in this type of work.
Q: How do I make sure my mailing address is correct?
A: To ensure that your check goes to the correct address, Brown Greer has launched a special website where you can update your contact information – www.cbpsettlement.com
Q: What money comes out of the employee’s cash distribution?
A: By law, income taxes, Social Security, Medicare, and retirement contributions must be withheld from employees’ payments. No retirement contributions will be withheld if an employee already earned more than $17,500 in OT in a given year.
Q: Do the checks expire?
A: Checks will expire 60 days from date of issuance.
Please refer to the chapter update sent on Friday, July, 7, 2017, for the latest information. You are encouraged to visit the chapter website and read all the information that has been made available - www.nteuchapter137.org/news-blog