If you all haven't sued on your own behalf, (or are a member of the Class action) now may be the time to do so. They may not pay you until you do. I am assuming here that you were not part of the seminal case you note?
While it would be nice if the VA started paying everyone you pointed out that case, their differential, but there are no guaranteed - they will very possibly only pay the nurses involved in that case. However, since the RNs won that case, it will be easier to sue them for you differential, assuming the facts support you, because the law has now been clarified. And if you are IN that case, all the better, because at least you know eventually you will be paid.
ANd yes, appeals can take many, many years. Hopefully they will not appeal, but there are no guarantees.
Coming from a family of RNs, I know how hard you work in an extremely stressful environment. I'm glad you will be getting some justice, although as we know, justice moves slow.
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