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Federal Employees Union Sues Trump Administration Over Shutdown

by Axios | Updated on 1.1.19

A federal employees labor union has filed a lawsuit Monday against the Trump administration over the ongoing partial government shutdown, which has forced roughly 400,000 federal employees forced to work without pay during the partial government shutdown.

Why it matters: The suit by the American Federation of Government Employees calls the shutdown a "blatant violation" of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The union's president, J. David Cox, said forcing employees to work without pay "is nothing short of inhumane."


Cox added: "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."

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  • Mary
    Voted Oppose
    01/01/2019
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    Did they sue other administrations when they shut down the government? Sue Congress. They are the ones that can not work together to pass a budget. They have not even sent a budget to the Presidents desk to sign or not sign.

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  • Melody
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    01/01/2019
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    The shutdown is nothing more than another Trump political stunt. He is trying to appease his base regardless of the impact on the American people who know that a steel slat barrier will not solve immigration problems. It is time that Congress worked together in a non partisan effort to end the shutdown. It does NOT require a Presidential signature. Write a bill and override his veto!! Honor the will of the people!

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  • SneakyPete
    01/02/2019
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    Democratic Governmental Shutdown. Ah’Yes.... Unions of course are going to jump on the Democratic band wagon side and BLAME President Trump for the Democratic initiated governmental shutdown....... SneakyPete..... 👿👿👿👿. 1*1*19.....

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  • Mark
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    Suing the Trump administration over the shut down? Well I guess I can see how 2019 is going to go. These people are going to make certain he is re-elected because this sort of stuff just pisses me off. And everyone I know. And I know a lot of people.

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  • verymary
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    01/01/2019
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    As the President has sat, angry and petulant because he's in the White House instead of at Mar-a-Lago celebrating his reign of terror with the "friends" who have paid a thousand dollars a plate to eat dinner without him, government employees have no paychecks. But they need not be surprised by his lack of concern. The little guy never enters his self-fascinated mind.

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  • Christine
    01/01/2019
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    Make djt pay out of his own pocket.

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  • Steve
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    Trump is a lunatic and Congress will do nothing to protect us. Sue his degenerate ass. It may be the only way to get his attention.

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  • Tinee
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    01/01/2019
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    Hope the furloughed workers get back pay & compensated for the undo stress caused. Bills don't stop because one's income does.

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  • Barbara
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    Federal employees are the backbone of American democracy. trump is the cesspool of our democracy.

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  • Jim2423
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    01/01/2019
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    This is as close to a Lock Out as you can get. Which under Federal Law is illegal if this were a private corporation. But they can collect Unemployment after a week of being laid off. Which is what this is.

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  • Jennifer
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    01/03/2019
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    Civil servants should never have been allowed to unionize in the first place. They are to be in service to us. They stopped being that long ago. Besides, does anyone really believe that they would ever sue a Democrat administration in a shut down? Wait; we did have one of those, and they didn’t. Need I say more?

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  • Paul
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    01/02/2019
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    It is ridiculous to sue the current president for a shutdown when they have not sued a single president or congress in the past. There is no precedent for them to take such an action.

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  • Glowurm
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    Right on!

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  • John
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    01/01/2019
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    Work without pay? Are federal employees slaves? Was his government text written by George Orwell? “...war is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength, big brother is watching you...”, 1984. This guy has to go. He removed a pittance of a raise from government employees and now he removed their paychecks. He is begging for a revolution from within. The only way to straighten out this disaster of a presidency is impeachment and revocation of his “presidential orders” as illegal and start over from what was left by the Obama administration.

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  • 1958FRO
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    Good for them!!!

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  • Scott
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    Why they didn’t do that when Obama was president. This is ridiculous!

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  • JTJ
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    01/01/2019
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    How is it even legal for government employees to unionize?

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  • Dawn
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    01/01/2019
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    As the President has sat, angry and petulant because he's in the White House instead of at Mar-a-Lago celebrating his reign of terror with the "friends" who have paid a thousand dollars a plate to eat dinner without him, government employees have no paychecks. But they need not be surprised by his lack of concern. The little guy never enters his self-fascinated mind.

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  • Adam
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    01/02/2019
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    D.C. politics should not hurt these employees who only want to go to work and do their jobs.

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  • Andy1
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    01/01/2019
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    It’s not standing strong for your principles if you don’t have any skin in the game. Whining about missing golf cuz the optics would be bad doesn’t count.

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