Published: Fri, January 18, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

More Federal Workers Seek Unemployment as Americans Shrug at Shutdown

More Federal Workers Seek Unemployment as Americans Shrug at Shutdown

Leon said in his ruling that he empathizes with furloughed federal workers but that only Congress can provide funding.

The Department of Labor on Thursday denied a request from Washington's mayor to make more federal employees who are working without pay eligible to collect unemployment benefits, Mayor Muriel Bowser said Thursday.

Plaintiffs include the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (Natca) and the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU), which represents 150,000 federal workers across 33 agencies, as well as four individuals represented by a Department of Transportation employee, Janette Hardy.NTEU has challenged an exception to the Antideficiency Act that addresses people's safety and the protection of property.

State officials don't know how many of them are directly impacted by the government shutdown, now the longest in USA history, but here's some perspective: previous year at this time only 561 federal workers in OR filed for unemployment.

"The judiciary is not another source of leverage", Leon said.

Qualifying federal workers can apply by calling the UI Contact Center at 1-800-292-6333.

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U.S. District Judge Richard Leon denied a temporary restraining order that would have either forced the government pay workers or allow them the option to refuse to work while not receiving pay.

The U.S. Labor Department just reaffirmed that policy to state unemployment administrators. The union represents 150,000 people working at almost three dozen agencies.

Democratic Govs. Gavin Newsom of California, Tony Evers of Wisconsin and Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico have promised furloughed workers that they will receive unemployment benefits during the shutdown, The Hill reports.

But the case is not over. Judge Leon ordered the federal government to file briefs on the question by January 22, while NTEU's are due on January 28.

"We look forward to continuing our argument that the administration can not require more and more employees to report to work without pay", NTEU National President Tony Reardon said in a statement.

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