President Donald Trump posed with Border Patrol agents during his Thursday visit to the US-Mexico border in Texas.
On Wednesday, the National Treasury Employees Union, which represents employees ad federal agencies including Customs and Border Protection, filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration over the partial government shutdown.
Two plaintiffs are Customs and Border Protection officers.
“The FLSA guarantees, for employees falling within its coverage, the on-time payment of any minimum wage and overtime wages earned,” the lawsuit claims. “If those wages are earned, but not paid out, on the employee’s corresponding regularly scheduled payday, the FLSA has been violated.”
President Donald Trump visited the US-Mexico border in Texas, on Thursday, where he met and posed with Customs and Border Protection officers. The trip was part of his push for a barrier at the southern border.
Trump’s desire for a wall or barrier at the border led to a partial government shutdown — which has been ongoing for nearly a month. In December after initially signaling that he would sign a stopgap measure to fund the remaining government agencies until February 8, Trump changed course and said he would not sign a bill unless it had $5.7 billion for a border wall. The plan did not have support in the Republican-led Senate and on December 22, a partial government shutdown began.
Now, with a new Democratic-led House of Representatives, Trump and Congress are at an impasse. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has repeatedly said that Congress will not appropriate money for the wall; there are still not enough votes in the Senate to pass wall funding; and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has vowed to not bring funding bills to the floor for a vote if he believes Trump won’t sign them — despite the fact that the House has passed bills that would reopen the government.
The shutdown is impacting roughly 800,000 federal employees — around 420,000 of which are deemed “essential” and must work without pay. The remaining federal workers have been furloughed. CBP officers are among those “essential” federal employees, who are working without pay.
Two unions representing federal employees the American Federation of Government Employees and the National Treasury Employees Union are suing the Trump administration over the shutdown. The AFGE filed its suit on December 31, 2018, on behalf of the over 400,000 federal employees working without pay. Two corrections officers at the federal Bureau of Prisons are named as plaintiffs.
On Wednesday, the NTEU, refiled a complaint in the Court of Federal Claims. This union represents around 150,000 federal employees at 33 agencies and departments — including the CBP. According to the suit, “tens of thousands of National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) members” are considered “essential” and are working without pay.
Two listed plaintiffs in the case are CBP officers, who are suing “on behalf of themselves and all similarly situated individuals.” The initial suit (filed on Jan. 7) named officer Albert Vieira, but it was refiled naming officers Eleazar Avalos and James Davis.
“First, [the suit] alleges that the government’s failure to timely …read more
Source:: Business Insider