WFB: A federal judge turned down a federal union’s bid for a temporary restraining order against forcing federal employees to work without pay during the government shutdown.
On Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Leon rejected the National Treasury Employees Union motion for a temporary restraining order that would have curtailed the government’s ability to force federal employees to report for work without paychecks. Although workers have received their backpay at the end of past shutdowns, NTEU argued that the practice of forcing essential employees to continue working is unconstitutional since the executive branch is operating without congressional appropriations. Judge Leon said the motion could throw the political process into “disarray” even as he acknowledged that workers “are not the ones at fault,” according to Courthouse News.
“At best it would create chaos and confusion,” U.S. District Judge Richard Leon said. “At worst, it could be catastrophic.” more here