Judge rejected requests of compensation for workers affected by shutdown.

7 month ago

Requests of a federal employees union were denied by a federal judge on Tuesday after the union issued a lawsuit demanding payment for workers affected by the government's shutdown.

The union filed a temporary restraining order seeking injunctive relief to the government shutdown’s impacts on furloughed and excepted federal employees.

Federal District Judge Richard Leon denied requests of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association saying that only Congress can appropriate funds, adding that “the Judiciary is not, and cannot be, just another source of leverage,"

Leon said it would be “profoundly irresponsible to issue an order that would result in thousands of employees staying home from work."

The National Federation of Federal Employees filed its own lawsuit late last Friday. The suit claimed that the government has been in violation of the Fifth Amendment because it “unlawfully deprived NATCA members of their earned wages without due process."