A union of federal employees filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration Monday demanding that the government's partial closure force illegally force 400,000 federal employees to work free of charge.
The partial closure began on December 22nd.
Since then, many federal departments have closed their work indefinitely. Nevertheless, it was expected that employees considered "essential" or "exempt" would come to work. The action called for the applicants and other wages owed with the same classification to receive wages.
"It is outrageous that the government expects them to work without knowing when they will get their next paycheck," senior attorney Heidi Burakiewicz said in an interview with the Washington Post.
The government's impasse stems from President Trump's demand for $ 5 billion toward a wall on the US-Mexico border. On his tenth day, the stalemate does not seem to move.
The law firm Kalijarvi, Chuzi, Newman & Fitch and the US Government's US Government Government, the largest federal employee union, initiated the complaint. The shutdown entered the second week. It is the first legal measure aimed at the effects of closure.
According to court documents, "essential" government employees are those who "do emergency work that involves the safety of human life or the protection of property." Often, according to Burakiewicz, the roles are dangerous and yet necessary for a well-functioning democracy.
"All the jobs we call" traditional first responders "are likely to be considered essential," she said, listing Border Patrol agents, law enforcement agencies, and firefighters as examples.
The two named plaintiffs, Justin Tarovisky and Grayson Sharp, are correctional officers at the Federal Office for Prisons. Both are also considered essential.
"They work dangerously, are critically understaffed, and now do not know when they will be paid next time," she added, adding that they are "essential" employees. The cost of going to work like gas and gas Child care will continue to be incurred. Without knowing how long the shutdown will take, many workers may be forced to make challenging decisions.
"They can be paycheck wages, have cell phone bills, mortgages … That's unacceptable to any employer, but especially to the US government," declared Burakiewicz.
Her company sued the government during a 16-day shutdown In 2013, because of financing the health bill by President Barack Obama, arguing that the failure to pay state workers on their regular payday broke the Fair Standards and violated the Labor Law: The court upheld and noted that the employees had to know when they would receive their paychecks and ordered that the government should pay double the amount owed to them.There are still 25,000 employees waiting for this damage.
Federal employees are paid fortnightly because of the timing of the Shutdown At the end of December, only employees with unpaid overtime w ie Tarovisky and Sharp sue. The next pay cycle ends at midnight on the 5th of January. with the planned payday soon afterwards. If the closure of the government is still ongoing and no "key" employee receives a salary, all legal rights are at the disposal.
Of the 2.1 million nationwide workers, the Washington Post reports that approximately 800,000 are expected to be affected by the closure.
There are 420,000 federal employees who are classified as "substantial". At least another 380,000 federal employees are classified as "insignificant" according to CNBC and are on a temporary leave until the end of the closure. Permanent employees include the Commerce, Transport, Housing and Urban Development Departments, Forest Service, National Park Service and IRS.
Since they do not perform any government duties, these employees have no recourse to the financial loss suffered.
19659019] Since December 22, Trump has defended his position on the border wall and the closure of the government, even claiming that many state workers have forced him not to waver.
Tony Reardon, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, which represents 150,000 members of 33 federal agencies and departments described the closure as a "travesty."
In a survey of 1,500 union members, the Washington Post reported that 85% of respondents said they had limited spending for the holiday season or plan to do so over income insecurity. "Federal employees should not have to pay the personal price for all of these malfunctions," said Reardon.
Like Reardon, Burakiewicz said federal labor should not be used as a pledge.
to understand who is injured by this shutdown, "she said. "Federal workers overwhelmingly want to put an end to it. The fact that we have just filed this lawsuit in connection with the largest union of federal workers supports that. "
In a statement on Monday, union chairman J. David Cox wrote that federal workers must work for free. nothing less than inhumane. "
" They deserve the decency of knowing when their next paycheck will come and that they will be paid for their work, "he said. "Our intention is to force the government and the government to make all Federal employees a whole."
Philip Rucker and Lenny Bernstein contributed to this report.
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