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Federal Workers Calling in Sick Spotlights Limits on Job Actions

Jan. 24, 2019, 1:29 PM

Whether in protest or out of necessity, a growing number of federal workers whose jobs have been deemed essential are calling in sick or claiming hardship exemptions—testing the limits of strict laws against organized job actions.

Absenteeism among correctional officers and other workers at a federal prison in West Virginia is running so high that the warden is threatening to declare some AWOL. So many airport security screeners have been skipping work—one out of 10 on Sunday—that airports have shut down some lines. Hundreds of Internal Revenue Service employees called back to process tax returns have asked to be excused...

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