A custodian from NASA contacted my offices looking for help finding part-time work. After two decades on the job, he’s found himself furloughed as part of the longest shutdown in U.S. history. He needs help. There are about 800,000 federal workers like him. They’re receiving no paychecks, even though more than half have to keep working anyway.
Thousands are applying for state unemployment benefits, which may provide partial pay for a limited time. They’ll then have to go through the bureaucratic hassle of paying back those benefits if they get back pay when the government resumes. But the big picture is this: Government workers have had the rug pulled out from under them.
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