With the government shutdown at least temporarily ended, the American Federation of Government Employees 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."
And 32BJ SEIU Vice President Jaime Contreras demanded that the shutdown deal include back pay for federally-contracted workers. “As the shutdown created more suffering for hardworking people by the day, we are relieved that the government is set to reopen,” said Contreras, “but we will not give up the fight until our members get the back pay the president promised and they deserve.”
We’ve got details and a link to join the lawsuit on our website at dclabor.org
For the latest labor calendar listings, go to dclabor.org and click on Calendar.
In today’s labor history, on this date in 2009, newly-elected President Barack Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, making it easier for women and minorities to win pay discrimination suits.
Today’s labor quote is from Dolly Parton’s "9 to 5," which hit Number 1 on this date in 1981...
“Workin' 9 to 5
What a way to make a livin'
Barely gettin' by
It's all takin' and no givin'
They just use your mind
And they never give you credit
It's enough to drive you
Crazy if you let it”
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