The president of the United States is really good at throwing tantrums, which can be seen with the ongoing government shutdown over a game of chicken Donald Trump is playing with House Democrats. Nancy Pelosi has announced plans to end the shutdown when Democrats take power on January 3rd, but that apparently can’t come soon enough for some federal employees.
Now, the president is being sued for playing games with the American government, and that lawsuit was filed by federal employees who are without pay while he lallygags and throws tantrums on Twitter.
The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) have filed a lawsuit that states the following”
According to the president of AFGE:
“Our members put their lives on the line to keep our country safe requiring them to work without pay is nothing short of inhumane. Positions that are considered ‘essential’ during a government shutdown are some of the most dangerous jobs in the federal government. They are frontline public safety positions, including many in law enforcement, among other critical roles. A substantial number of those working without pay are military veterans. Our nation’s heroes, AFGE members and their families deserve the decency of knowing when their next paycheck is coming and that they will be paid for their work. Our intent is to force the government and the administration to make all federal employees whole.”
Lawyer Heidi Burakiewicz said this via the AFGE website:
“The harm to federal employees began at the first moment of the shutdown. Hundreds of thousands of federal employees are working under sometimes dangerous conditions, including the plaintiffs who were forced to work overtime without pay. Approximately 420,000 federal employees are continuing to work, but don’t know when they will get their next paychecks. This is not an acceptable way for any employer, let alone the U.S. government, to treat its employees. These employees still need to pay childcare expenses, buy gas, and incur other expenses to go to work every day and yet, they are not getting paid. It is a blatant violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.”
The website contends that, “After the 2013 shutdown, approximately 25,000 essential federal employees, represented by KCNF DC, sued the government, arguing that the Fair Labor Standards Act requires that all employees, including federal employees, be paid on time for their services. In 2014, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims agreed and, in 2017, the court held further that the employees were entitled to twice their back pay because of the violation. However, even while the government is calculating the damages to those approximately 25,000 employees, the Office of Personnel Management has not required that essential federal employees be paid on time during the current shutdown.”