Millions In Back Pay For Kingsport Workers

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (AP) -- About 280 contract employees at the Holston Army Ammunition Plant in Kingsport have begun receiving about $2.5 million in back pay.

Checks were handed out to 65 current employees of Wackenhut Services Inc. on Tuesday at the depot. ]

Former workers will also receive payments, ranging from $200 to $50,000.

The payments come after about 85 fire and security workers filed a complaint with the Labor Department in 2005.

It claimed the Wackenhut employees' pay and benefits were lower than mandated by the McNamara-O'Hara Service Contract Act of 1965.

U.S. Rep. David Davis confirmed the government ruled in favor of the workers.


Information from: Kingsport Times-News,

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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