W.Va. workers, firm settle labor dispute

May 14, 1997|By DAVE McMILLION

Staff Writer, Martinsburg MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - More than 600 former employees of a postal bar coding facility in Falling Waters, W.Va., have reached a tentative $1.27 million settlement after the company that ran the operation was sued for failing to pay overtime, training wages and bonuses to employees, officials said.

Advanced Management Inc., had been hired by the U.S. Postal Service to assign bar codes to mail at a facility off the Spring Mills exit along Interstate 81, according to attorney David M. Hammer, who represented the workers.

The codes were assigned to pieces of mail as part of a new automated mail delivery service, according to Hammer. After viewing a computerized image of each piece of mail from a postal facility in Harrisburg, Pa., workers at the Falling Waters facility would enter information for the bar code into the computer, according to Hammer.

Hammer said employees were promised bonuses based on their performance. The firm received $130,000 bonus money from the Postal Service. Employees received $13,000 from the bonus, said Hammer.


"Naturally, that led to some hard feelings," said Hammer.

The $1.27 million settlement was worked out last Friday in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg following more than two years of litigation, said Hammer. If District Judge Frederick Stamp approves the settlement, proceeds could be distributed to employees before the end of the year, officials said.

Workers will be notified about details of the settlement, officials said.

Officials with Advanced Management Inc., based in McLean, Va., declined to comment on the case Tuesday.

The company ceased its Falling Waters operation two years ago, Hammer said.

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