Federal employee unions sue US government

Politics 1/12/2019, 2:55 AM
Federal employee unions sue US government

Several Federal employee unions filed a lawsuit against the United States government for forcing "essential" employees to work without pay during the ongoing partial government shutdown.

The National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE), the National Association of Government Employees SEIU, the National Weather Service Employees Organization and the law firm Snider & Associates claim the government is in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act by not paying workers overtime and minimum wage in what is likely to become the longest government shutdown in history.

"In this country, when a worker performs a day’s work, he or she is entitled to a day’s worth of compensation," president of the NFFE Randy Erwin said, adding the government can't pay its workers with IOU documents acknowledging debt.

US President Donald Trump stated earlier he will not declare a national emergency in order to secure funding for the border wall, despite reports the he is "leaning" toward that solution.

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