On April 1, 2014 the AFGE SSA General Committee filed a grievance (GM UMG 14-01). The issue was the disparate impact of the Agency’s application of the PACS appraisal system against minority and disabled employees, as evidenced by the distribution of ratings in FY 2013 appraisals to AFGE bargaining unit employees.
The Union’s review of the data reveled that minority and disabled employees received a disproportionately lower share of “Outstanding (5)” appraisals than non-minority and non-disabled employees.
On June 18, 2015 a Settlement Agreement was reached between AFGE and SSA which states:
Within 90 days of executing a settlement agreement for GC UMG 14-01, the Agency will issue a payment of $300 to ALL current bargaining unit employees who received an overall 3.5 element average for the FY 2013 appraisal cycle.
Settlement Agreement Attached,
All award monies must be paid by September 18, 2015.