Workers To Be Awarded Back Pay

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Sen. Bernie Sanders says federal contract workers in St. Albans and Essex Junction will be getting an additional $2.9 million in back wages.

He says the U.S. Labor Department ruling affects more than 700 contract workers employed by Stanley Inc. and subcontractors at the Vermont Service Center of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Citizenship and Immigration Services, who worked from December of 2007 to February of 2011.

Sen. Patrick Leahy said Tuesday that it took years – and a major federal investigation – to ensure that these workers were classified correctly and paid the wages and benefits they deserve. Sanders says the average payment will be about $4,000 but individual payments will vary.

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