Jan 10, 2019 - Politics & Policy

Second federal workers union sues Trump admin over shutdown

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The National Treasury Employees Union, which represents hundreds of thousands of federal workers at 33 agencies, sued the Trump administration Wednesday for forcing tens of thousands of employees to work without pay during the government shutdown.

Details: The lawsuit, which names two Customs and Border Protection officers as the plaintiffs, comes a week after the American Federation of Government Employees filed a similar suit, calling the shutdown a "blatant violation" of the Fair Labor Standards Act. NTEU President Tony Reardon said in a statement: “If employees are working, they must be paid — and if there is not money to pay them, then they should not be working."

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