Today the United States Department of Justice and the US National Labor Relations Board filed a petition for rehearing with the United States’s Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

As most of you likely know, Rural Metro’s management unilaterally and unlawfully reduced the wages of senior employees in 2012 during contract negotiations by up to $6,000 a year for some employees by stopping the contractually agreed upon longevity pay compensation.

It will likely be several months before the oral arguments are held before the D.C. Court of Appeals for this rehearing, and several months after that before another opinion is issued by the Court.

To quote the joint petition, “Many former acting officers, including senior officials in the Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, OPM, the Department of Justice, the Department of Defense and the Air Force, the Export-Import Bank, and GSA, would be viewed as having improperly served as acting officers under the panel decision’s reasoning. And the service of approximately a dozen current acting officers would be subject to question under the panel’s opinion, including senior officials in the Departments of Justice, Treasury, Health and Human Services, and Defense, and the EPA.”

To date, Rural Metro has unlawfully withheld six rounds of longevity payments to senior EMT’s, Paramedics and Nurses despite being told to do compensate employees by the collective bargaining agreement, an Administrative Law Judge, and the National Labor Board.