Published May 15, 2016
WASHINGTON – Indian Health Service (IHS) employees in Arizona will meet May 16th in Sells from 9AM-1PM and Tucson from 3PM-5PM, May 17th in Phoenix from 9AM-5PM, May 18th in Parker from 9AM-1PM and White River from 2PM-5PM, May 19th in Chinle from 10AM-5PM, and May 20th in Ft. Defiance from 9AM – 2PM, to receive Suffer or Permit (SPOT) affiant payments and learn how to submit a claim online for unpaid entitlement to SPOT overtime compensation from the $55 million Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) IHS Justice Fund.
The check distribution and claims process is the culmination of seven years of litigation and negotiations led by LIUNA. This historic settlement agreement for $55 million will be distributed to current and former eligible IHS employees who had systematically been cheated out of compensation for overtime because of IHS violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act from 2006 to 2015.
“LIUNA is proud to have won a settlement agreement on behalf of thousands of dedicated and hardworking people at the Indian Health Service,” said LIUNA General President Terry O’Sullivan. “This is a hard fought victory for the IHS employees who worked tirelessly to meet the health care needs of the Native American community but didn’t receive fair compensation for their efforts.”
LIUNA represents approximately 11,000 IHS employees; nearly 90 percent of the agency’s workforce.
Events will be held at Arizona IHS work locations to give out checks to employees who helped secure the settlement by cooperating with LIUNA in the investigative and litigation phase of the dispute. The LIUNA team and the Class Action Implementation Group, the distribution company chosen by the union to distribute the Justice Fund, will also show eligible employees how to file SPOT claims for future payouts from the fund.
Eligible employees may also receive compensation for unpaid entitlement to overtime, including capped overtime, and compensatory time. More information about this will be provided as a later date.
IHS employees are encouraged to go to the settlement website at www.liunaihsclaims.org or contact CAIG toll-free at: 1-855-342-2244.