Tag: Government Employees

U.S. Economy Added 304,000 Jobs in January; Unemployment at 4%

The Labor Department released its monthly estimate of hiring, unemployment and wages for January on Friday morning. The report provided an important snapshot of the American economy. 304,000 jobs were added last month. Economists had expected a gain of about 172,000. The unemployment rate rose to 4.0 percent, from 3.9 […]

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Government Reopens as Trump Casts Doubt on Prospects for a Border Wall Deal

WASHINGTON — Hundreds of thousands of federal employees returned to work on Monday with a presidential promise of a paycheck “very quickly” but no guarantee that they will be working in three weeks, when a temporary stopgap of funding expires. President Trump and congressional Democrats arrived at a short-term agreement […]

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The Wilbur Ross Debacle

This article is part of David Leonhardt’s newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it each weekday. First, Roger Stone — the longtime adviser to President Trump — was indicted this morning on seven counts, including witness tampering and obstruction. Legal analysts and journalists are still sorting through the […]

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Another Loan? Furloughed Employees Balk at Wilbur Ross’s Suggestion

The latest advice the Trump administration is giving government employees who are missing their paychecks: Just borrow some money. Eric Pfeifer, a furloughed United States Forest Service employee, is not really sure how that would work. He is already carrying a mortgage from a new house he closed on in […]

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Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross Says Federal Workers Should Take Loans During Shutdown

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Thursday he didn’t understand why unpaid federal workers would use services like food banks, suggesting instead that they should take out loans to stay afloat during the partial government shutdown that has stretched to 34 days with no end in sight. “The obligations that […]

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Divisions Over Trump Complicate Unions’ Response to Government Shutdown

It was a case study in mixed messaging. On a Thursday in early January, furloughed aviation inspectors picketed Miami International Airport demanding an end to the government shutdown. On the same day, 1,000 miles away, Border Patrol union leaders appeared at a news briefing with President Trump, backing the shutdown […]

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Government Shutdown Forces Airports to Rely on Backup Security Screeners

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] The government shutdown continues to put extraordinary pressure on the nation’s air-travel system, with as many as one of every 10 transportation security officers failing to show up for work and reserve workers having […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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,” […]

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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 […]

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Trump Says ‘Not Much Headway’ in Talks as Shutdown Enters Third Week

WASHINGTON — As a partial government shutdown entered its third week, negotiations between Vice President Mike Pence and congressional aides from both parties yielded little progress on Saturday as the impact on government services and on federal workers worsens by the day. “Not much headway made today,” President Trump conceded […]

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