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09.25.17

IFPTE Locals take to Capitol Hill to protect SSDI, federal employee compensation and pensions

This week leaders and members from IFPTE Judicial Council 1 (Association of Administrative Law Judges - AALJ) and IFPTE Local 3 were in Washington to visit with lawmakers about issues impacting their members.

On Monday Judges Marilyn Zahm (AALJ President) and Linda Stagno (AALJ VP) visited with House and Senate offices regarding the union's views (see AALJ one pager below) on providing more efficient services to Social Security disability claimants waiting long periods of time to have their disability determination cases heard by an independent Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). Those meetings came on the heels of Judge’s Zahm’s house testimony earlier in the month.

IFPTE Local 3 President John Garrity, along with members Alicia St. John and Dawn Dunphy, were on the Hill a day later to visit with their local congressional delegations. They were seeking assistance for Local 3 Metal Trades members who have been misclassified and as a result are being underpaid by the Navy, as well as Ms. Dunphy’s continued struggles to have her disability be reasonably accommodated by the Navy.

Among the offices visited were those of Senators Ron Wyden (OR), Heidi Heitkamp (ND) and Bob Casey (PA), and Representatives John Larsen (CT), Bob Brady (PA) and Donald Norcross (NJ). Both the AALJ and Local 3 were accompanied on Capitol Hill by IFPTE legislative staff.

FLASHBACK:
(9/6/2017) – AALJ President Testified before Congress on the SSDI Adjudicatory Process

(6/22/2017) – Locals 196 and 3 Take to Capitol Hill in Support of Member OT Pay, Better Safety Measure Along NJs Highways

AALJ Administrative Law Process Reforms (one pager)

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