Federal Workers Sue Trump for Forcing Them To Work Dangerous Jobs Without Pay During Shutdown
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Amid the ongoing shutdown brought on by President Donald Trump’s refusal to pass funding measures without $5 billion for his “border wall,” the nation’s largest union of federal workers sued the Trump administration on Mondayfor forcing them to work without pay doing some of the most essential—and in many cases the most dangerous—jobs performed by government employees.
J. David Cox Sr., national president of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), said the lawsuit was necessary to protect workers’ livelihoods—and their very lives.
“Our members put their lives on the line to keep our country safe,” said Cox, “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.”
January 1, 2019 at 8:40 AM #7109elias39Participant
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He was raised suing and being sued. His modus operandi.
January 1, 2019 at 9:17 AM #7118retired liberalParticipant
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The workers, whether having to work or not, should not be punished for the idiotic games of government administrators, who continue to get paid, regardless. None of the government workers were allowed to vote, or even voice their opinion of the shut-down, yet they are the first to be effected.
It is our so-called leaders that need to not be paid during these shut-downs they cause to happen with their childish foot stomping and yelling, while blaming others for their own temper tantrums. Shut off their perks during this time too. Like the limo’s many like to use. Make them live in their offices, and order-in, for the duration. After all, they are supposed to be working for us, their constituents. We should be able to set the rules of the shut-downs.
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January 1, 2019 at 1:21 PM #7192Ohio BarbarianModerator
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population really feels the pain. A true government shutdown would show people just how much the government does. Commercial air travel would just halt, period. No postal service. Very limited FBI and other law enforcement.
Those three things alone would really make it political suicide to provoke a shutdown just to score political points.
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January 1, 2019 at 3:13 PM #7225jerry611Participant
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And it wasn’t started by Trump. This impasse started in the 1980s. Back then, the right wing backed down because Reagan promised that this would be the final time the government grants amnesty. And that the Congress was now going to secure the border.
Well….that never happened. Illegal immigration surged in the 1990s and early 2000s. Neither party did anything about it.
So now the far-right is demanding border security before talking about reform or anything else. They want to verify with their own eyes that the government is going to fund border security and not just promise to do it in another comprehensive bill. And they now have a president bold enough to stick to his guns on this. And yes, we may see some serious damage to the economy. Who gets the ultimate blame for it will be up to the voters. But right now, I don’t see either side budging on this. Neither side is ever going to get 60 votes in the Senate on this issue.
Now that’s just the economic danger. This debate has the potential to cause political and cultural problems too.
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