My dad worked on the emergency crew at GE. When he was called in for the snowstorm of 1989 as well as a few hurricanes., he was doing his job, but he got the extra pay for being there when he could have been at home looking out for his family.
If the rules say they are to get emergency pay, then they are entitled to collect emergency pay whether in the private sector or working for the government. If the allegations are true then labor laws dictate that they receive any and all pay that the rules dictate.
Also, if you have been out of the workforce that long, it means that you don't need the income that a job would require. Sorry, but the rest of us do.
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