Union sues government over lack of pay for federal workers

Posted at 4:33 PM, Jan 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-09 20:47:01-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- The National Treasury Employees Union Monday filed a lawsuit against the government alleging violations against the Fail Labor Standards Act by requiring federal workers to work without pay.

The complaint was filed in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims on behalf of thousands of federal employees.

“It is unconscionable that many employees are having to work – and in some cases overtime – with no pay whatsoever,” said NTEU National President Tony Reardon.

The FLSA requires that employees covered by the statute be paid on time for any overtime work performed.

The statute further states that employees be paid at least minimum wage for all hours worked during the week, according to the union.

Since the partial shutdown started on December 22, U.S. Customs and Border Protection workers have had to work without pay.

The union represents 150,000 employees at 33 federal agencies and departments.

Wednesday morning, President Trump tweeted that a meeting with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer was a “total waste of time.”

“Just left a meeting with Chuck and Nancy, a total waste of time. I asked what is going to happen in 30 days if I quickly open things up, are you going to approve Border Security which includes a Wall or Steel Barrier? Nancy said, NO. I said bye-bye, nothing else works!” Trump said.

This story has been updated to reflect changes made to the original lawsuit.