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Union Representing Indiana Workers To Sue Over Shutdown

The American Federation of Government Employees, which represents 14,000 workers in Indiana, is trying to force Congress to pay federal workers.

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AFGE union activists protest on behalf of VA workers to end discriminatory position downgrades in 2012. They are now planning to sue Congress for the federal government shutdown.

A union that represents hundreds of thousands of federal employees, including 14,000 workers in Indiana, is preparing to file a federal lawsuit against Congress.

Arnold Scott, the 6th District National Vice President of the American Federation of Government Employees that represents workers in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio, says it is “outrageous” that federal workers have been dealt pay freezes, increases in retirement contributions, furloughs and now the government shutdown.

Scott says many federal workers in Indiana are still trying to recover from a recent six-day furlough.

“It’s just unfair to them. They’re like every other worker out there,” he says. “They live from paycheck to paycheck and they have bills they have to pay.”

He says AFGE attorneys are currently working on legal action. He says they believe workers‘ rights are being violated.

Scott says they hope legal action will force the government to pay federal workers because the shutdown is not their fault.

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