TThe largest federal employee union has sued the Trump administration for the partial arrest of the government.
The American Federation of Government Employees and the Washington-based labor law company Kalijarvi, Chuzi, Newman & Fitch presented their legal action to the United States Court on Monday for its members and all federal employees who work without pay.
"Our members put their lives in jeopardy to keep our country safe," said AFGE president J. David Cox Sr. in a statement. "Asking them to work without pay is inhuman to say the least. essential "during a shutdown of the government are some of the most dangerous jobs of the federal government.These are public safety positions on the front lines, including many of the forces of the order, among other critical roles.A considerable number of people who work without pay are military veterans ".
About 420,000 of the 800,000 federal employees affected by the shutdown on December 22nd work without remuneration, although they will probably receive a salary. The arrest, now in its tenth day, was triggered by a breakdown of negotiations between the White House, Republican MPs and Congress Democrats on border funding. President Trump wants $ 5 billion for border security, while Democrats are ready to give him $ 1.3 billion.
Kalijarvi, Chuzi, Newman & Fitch sued the administration on behalf of 25,000 workers during the 16-day closure in 2013 using the Fair Labor Standards Act, said AFGE. The act requires the government to pay employees on time. The United States Court declared last year that interested workers could get double the pay.