The largest Labor Union of America, American Federation of Government Employees, sued the Donald Trump government. The labor union is a representation of about 4,00,000 federal employees are seeking damages for being forced to work without pay during the partial government shutdown brought. The partial government shutdown was brought on by Trump’s tantrum over his $5 billion demand for a border wall.
The American Federation of Government Employees argues that their jobs are dangerous and they are forced to work overtime without pay. The plaintiffs are Justin Tarovisky and Grayson Sharp.
AFGE’s national president, J. David Cox, said that forcing federal employees to work without pay “is nothing short of inhumane.” He said that there are positions that are very ‘essential’ during a government shutdown and are some of the most dangerous jobs in the federal government. The positions are front-line public safety positions, including many in law enforcement, among other critical roles. They said that their intention is to force the government and the administration to make all federal employees whole. The current shutdown has dragged on for 10 days which began on 22 December, hitting the various departments which include Justice, Treasury, Homeland Security, Agriculture, Interior, State, Commerce, Housing and Urban Development, and Transportation as well as agencies like the Environmental Protection Administration, Food and Drug Administration and the Internal Revenue Service. On 2nd January, around 19 Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo will close to the public owing to the exhausted funds.
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