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Special Rate Case Delayed Again

A scheduled September 21 court date in the long-running special rate back pay case was put off until October 30 as the Justice Department and the National Treasury Employees Union continue in court-supervised mediation. The change was the latest in a series of delays just in the mediation phase of the case, which has bounced around the court system for nearly two decades. At issue is how to implement a court order granting back pay to some 180,000 persons who were special rate employees in the 1982-1988 period and who had their pay raises denied or capped under a policy in effect during that time.