Federal Manager's Daily Report

The National Treasury Employees Union has announced that

it won arbitration for Internal Revenue Service employees

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guaranteed compensation for use of their bilingual

abilities under a national labor agreement between NTEU

and IRS.


NTEU had filed a grievance on behalf of 10 employees of

the IRS Bloomington, Ill., Area Distribution Center, where

they fill requests for forms and publications as order

entry clerks, said the employee union.


It said an arbitrator cited as precedent an agreement that

had settled similar issues at two IRS service centers that

clearly demonstrated the bilingual employees were entitled

to be rewarded for the successful use of their language

skills.


The aggrieved employees who are full time were awarded $450

while part-timers got no less than $150, said NTEU.