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The American Federation of Government Employees Urges Workers to Join Shutdown Lawsuit So ‘They Can Be Made Whole’ From The Loss Their Income

Published Tuesday, January 29, 2019
by AFGE News
The American Federation of Government Employees Urges Workers to Join Shutdown Lawsuit So ‘They Can Be Made Whole’ From The Loss Their Income

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is urging all Federal Employees who have been working without pay during the 35-day government shutdown to join its shutdown lawsuit so they can recover liquidated damages for the financial harm they suffered.

AFGE, the Nation’s largest Federal Employee Union, and the Law Firm Kalijarvi, Chuzi, Newman & Fitch (KCNF DC) filed the first lawsuit challenging the shutdown on December 31st, 2018 and filed an amended complaint on January 9th.  The AFGE represents 700,000 Workers in the Federal Government and the government of the District of Columbia. 

The lawsuit alleges the Federal Government violated the law by requiring some Federal Employees to work without pay during the shutdown.  These Employees, and other Employees who are deemed “excepted,” perform a variety of critical, and often dangerous roles, including Correctional Officers, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Security Officers, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Employees, Border and Immigration Agents, and many more.

“About (800,000) Federal Employees ‘have gone without a paycheck since the start of the year due to this shutdown, which is the longest’ in U.S. History,” AFGE National President J. David Cox, Sr. said. “While the agreement reached by the White House and Congress will put Employees ‘back to work temporarily and allow them to start getting paid, we will not stop fighting until we have full-year funding approved for all our agencies and until all Employees are made whole for the income they have lost.’”

The number of Government Employees working without pay under the shutdown reached 450,000, with another 350,000 furloughed from their jobs without pay.

All Federal Employees who are classified as non-exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), have been deemed “excepted” by their agency, and worked for any amount of time on or after December 22nd, 2018 without being paid are eligible to join the AFGE lawsuit.

To join the lawsuit, employees should visit www.2018governmentshutdown.com and provide the required information.

Federal employees can e-mail any questions they have about the lawsuit to 2018governmentshutdown@kcnlaw.com.

To Directly Access This Labor News Story, Go To: www.afge.org/publication/afge-urges-workers-to-join-shutdown-lawsuit-to-be-made-whole-from-loss-of-income?fbclid=IwAR0iX0TUNfCD8S1w2Djc7noYUpUHbOfiJBSlw7txndyT7clpjXosFuL-jyw

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