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USUnion sues Trump administration for making government employees work without pay

01:42  01 january  2019
01:42  01 january  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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We speak with a federal workers ’ union that is suing the Trump administration over the shutdown. The American Federation of Government Employees , or AFGE, says it is illegal for federal workers to work without pay . We speak with Heidi Burakiewicz, lead attorney in the lawsuit, and David Borer

Federal worker union sues Trump over shutdown Union sues Trump administration for making government employees work without pay A federal employee union sued

WASHINGTON – A federal employee union sued the Trump administration Monday over the government shutdown, claiming it is illegal for agencies to force employees to work without pay.

The American Federation of Government Employees announced the lawsuit as the partial government shutdown began a second week. Hundreds of thousands of workers have been furloughed or are on the job without pay during the shutdown.

“Our members put their lives on the line to keep our country safe,” said J. David Cox Sr., the union’s national president. “Requiring them to work without pay is nothing short of inhumane.”

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This is the third union to sue the Trump administration for making federal employees work without pay during the government closure. The National Air Traffic Controllers Association filed a lawsuit Friday seeking a temporary restraining order against the federal government for allegedly violating

A group of federal employees are suing the Trump administration over the shutdown, arguing that the fact they still have to work but can’t be paid is a

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The partial shutdown began on Dec. 22 after President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats failed to come to an agreement over White House demands for increased border security money. Trump has called for as much as $5 billion in additional funding to pay for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

AFGE, one of the largest federal employee unions, sued the government on similar grounds following the 16-day shutdown in 2013.  A U.S. Court of Federal Claims judge ruled in 2017 that some 25,000 employees who were required to work without pay during that period were entitled to double pay as damages.

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The law prohibits public employees from striking, forcing them into what one union leader called “involuntary servitude’” during the government shutdown. Young’s members, scattered at 122 facilities located in largely rural areas across the country, aren’t being paid and don’t know when their next paycheck will come. Like the leaders of virtually every federal-employee union during the past three weeks, he has condemned the shutdown and its toll on innocent workers as “unconscionable.” “My personal opinion,” Young told me over the phone from his office in Arkansas, “is that it constitutes involuntary servitude.

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