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Federal Shutdown Leaves Government Employees Working Without Pay


THE FEDERAL EMPLOYEES ARE STILL WORKING AND ARE NOT HAPPY ABOUT IT. Reporter: AT THE METROPOLITAN CORRECTION CENTER THE DOWNTOWN FEDERAL JAIL, CORRECTION OFFICERS ARE STILL ON THE JOB BUT THEY’RE NOT GETTING PAID. THEY EXPECT US TO DO THE SAME JOB, THE SAME QUALITY OF WORK THAT THEY EXPECT THE SAME PROFESSIONALISM BUT DO WITH A SMILE ON YOUR FACE AND NO MONEY. Reporter: HE IS ALSO PRESIDENT OF THE UNION LOCAL THAT REPRESENTS THE FEDERAL JAIL GUARDS. RIGHT NOW MORALE IS UPBEAT, IF WE DO NOT GET PAID ON MONDAY YOU CAN GUARANTEE THAT MORALE WILL GO TO THE BOTTOM. Reporter: TSA OFFICERS ARE ALSO CONSIDERED ESSENTIAL AND ALSO WORKING WITHOUT PAY. SO ARE AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS. APPARENTLY SO IS THIS EDUCATED EPA WORKER THAT WE MET OUTSIDE. HOW WOULD YOU FEEL IF YOU WERE NOT PAID BY YOUR EMPLOYER? Reporter: TOP WHITE HOUSE ECONOMIC ADVISOR SAYS BECAUSE THEY WILL GET PAID THE SHUTDOWN WILL NOT CRUSH THE ECONOMY. IN THE END IT IS A SHORT-TERM PROBLEM NOT A LONG-TERM PROBLEM. Reporter: DO NOT TELL THAT TO THIS GUY WHO IS FED UP. I AM TIRED OF IT. THIS IS MY 30th YEAR WITH THE GOVERNMENT, I CAN’T STAND IT. Reporter: THERE YOU HAVE IT. ABOUT 420,000 FEDERAL WORKERS ALL CONSIDERED ESSENTIAL ARE WORKING WITHOUT GETTING PAID. AS FOR OTHER MAJOR FEDERAL OPERATIONS THE POSTAL SERVICE IS UNAFFECTED, GREAT NATE — GREAT LAKES NAVAL TRAINING SYSTEM

Stephen Childs

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