Tag: Government Employees

The Shutdown Shows the Weakness of the Resistance

The grass-roots progressive movement known as the resistance has had a very good two years. It beat back attempts to take health insurance away from millions of Americans, and it helped defeat a Republican House majority that was enabling President Trump. Neither of those outcomes looked likely when he took office. But the government shutdown […]

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Federal Employees Turn to Pawnshops Amid Shutdown’s Financial Pinch

Televisions. Jewelry. Tools. At Blaine Fortner’s pawnshop in Billings, Mont., there has been a slow but steady increase in one segment of his clientele pawning these and other items in exchange for cash: employees of the federal government. As the longest government shutdown in American history continues, federal workers who are not getting paid are […]

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As the Shutdown Drags On, Federal Workers File for Unemployment

On the second day of the year, Danielle Miller gave up on the federal government. Furloughed from her Internal Revenue Service job near Cincinnati and fearful of running out of money during the partial government shutdown, she filed for unemployment benefits: $414 a week, about $200 less than usual. “Once Christmas came and went, after […]

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As Shutdown Drags On, Some Step Up to Help Unpaid Federal Workers

WASHINGTON — When the government shut down in late December, Morgan McKay offered free pizza and wine to furloughed and otherwise unpaid federal workers at her popular Denver restaurant, Oblio’s. Ms. McKay expected to host no more than three or four unpaid workers a night. Instead, a dozen or more have appeared nightly, joined by […]

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Government Shutdown Shakes Stability of Jobs That Are Often the Best Around

Verla Bloomfield has the kind of workplace that seems plucked from a different era. She has a pension, a union, several weeks of vacation and a paycheck that has nearly doubled in 14 years. Her employer? The United States government. “People used to work for companies their whole life and retire and take their pension […]

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The Chart That Shows the Financial Peril Facing Many Federal Workers

Last Friday, the United States government failed to pay more than 800,000 of its workers. How will they cope with a payless payday? For many Americans, the loss of a single paycheck can result in lasting damage and real hardship, and the same is true for government workers. We studied thousands of federal employees after […]

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Shutdown’s Economic Damage Starts to Pile Up, Threatening an End to Growth

WASHINGTON — The partial government shutdown is inflicting far greater damage on the United States economy than previously estimated, the White House acknowledged on Tuesday, as President Trump’s economists doubled projections of how much economic growth is being lost each week the standoff with Democrats continues. The revised estimates from the Council of Economic Advisers […]

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‘The Shutdown Makes Me Nervous’: Young People Caught Up in Impasse

Stella Blaylock has not been sleeping well since before Christmas, when her father was furloughed in the partial government shutdown and unexpectedly extended his holiday vacation. Days later, her mother was laid off from her job as a federal contractor. A sixth grader at Williamsburg Middle School in Arlington, Va. — a Washington, D.C., suburb […]

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Our National Emergency Turns 2

An Ernest Hemingway character once said that he went bankrupt two ways: “Gradually and then suddenly.” That may also be how Donald Trump’s administration finally melts down. We are now two years into the Trump presidency. Think back to how unnerving it was, a little more than 100 weeks ago, when Sean Spicer gave his […]

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Republicans Are in Lock Step With Trump on Shutdown. But for How Long?

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — On Day 20 of the partial government shutdown last week, a small band of federal workers, shivering in 25-degree weather, staged a rally to send what their organizer, Eric Engle, said was a message to Senator Shelley Moore Capito: “We need to end this shutdown. If it takes overriding the president, that’s […]

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It’s Time for T.S.A. Workers to Strike

Last week, in a meeting with Democratic leaders, President Trump called the government shutdown a “strike.” This was an enigmatic use of a hallowed term, although it might have simply been Mr. Trump’s confusion about the “blue flu” epidemic afflicting employees of the Transportation Security Administration, who are working without pay and registering their protest […]

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Government Shutdown Across America

ImageMajor federal agencies affected by the shutdown include the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, the Interior, Justice, State, Transportation, and the Treasury and the Environmental Protection Agency.CreditTom Brenner for The New York Times From the start, it has seemed like the federal government shutdown with no end in sight. More […]

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Government Shutdown Squeezes Contractors as Checks Stop and Invoices Stall

When Christopher Fuller and his research team received a “stop work order” on New Year’s Eve, they had four hours to shut down their lab, making sure their chemical and biological samples were securely stored in refrigerators that would keep running if the electricity was shut off. Mr. Fuller had spent the previous few months […]

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T.S.A. Agents Refuse to Work During Shutdown, Raising Fears of Airport Turmoil

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] The partial shutdown of the federal government is starting to affect air travel as a growing number of security agents are refusing to work for no pay. So far, however, the impact on air travelers has been relatively limited […]

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More T.S.A. Agents Refuse to Work During Shutdown, Raising Fears of Airport Turmoil

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] The partial shutdown of the federal government is starting to affect air travel as a growing number of security agents are refusing to work for no pay. So far, however, the impact on air travelers has been relatively limited […]

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Federal Shutdown’s Uneven Toll: Some Americans Devastated, Others Oblivious

ST. LOUIS — Andrea Caviedes and her friend, Ximena Gumpel, live in the St. Louis suburbs, have two children and helped plan a Christmas party together, but when it comes to the partial federal shutdown, now finishing its third week, they might as well live in different countries. Ms. Caviedes, 42, a furloughed bilingual loan […]

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White House Memo: At White House, Empty Desks and Unpaid Bills as Trump Shows No Sign of Relenting

WASHINGTON — As the partial government shutdown took hold over the holidays, President Trump seemed to express wonder at being alone in the White House with little but the cheeriness of heavily armed guards to keep him warm for the better part of a week. “I was waving to them,” Mr. Trump said just after […]

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F.A.A. Unions Highlight Potential Risks to Air Safety From Shutdown

WASHINGTON — The leaders of unions representing air traffic controllers and aviation safety inspectors warned Thursday that the partial government shutdown was hurting the safety of the nation’s air travel system, another effort by the labor movement to press Washington to put federal employees back to work. “Without a fully functioning F.A.A., a layer of […]

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Washington’s Strong Economy, Financed by Taxpayers, Takes a Hit From Shutdown

WASHINGTON — It was almost lunchtime at a food court downtown and Yonas A. Seyoum, the manager of the Esprinto Café, marched over to the cash register and printed out the morning’s sales. “It’s crazy,” he said, holding up a drooping receipt. He had done $52.71 of business in five hours, miserable even for January. […]

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