Tag: Government Employees

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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Pence and Cabinet Members Are Due a Raise, as Federal Workers Go Unpaid

WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence, members of the cabinet and other high-ranking political appointees in the Trump administration are positioned to receive a pay bump of about $10,000 a year even as 800,000 federal employees are entering their third week without paychecks. The increases are the result of Congress’s […]

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As Trump Holds Firm on Shutdown, He Never Mentions One Group: Federal Workers

WASHINGTON — He has talked about the need for “protection” along the country’s southern border. He has said he is willing to keep the government shut down indefinitely to ensure the funding of the wall he says will provide that protection. And he has complained about spending the holidays alone […]

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Trump Issues Order Freezing Federal Workers’ Pay in 2019

President Trump issued an executive order on Friday freezing pay for federal civilian workers in 2019, even as about 800,000 of them were either furloughed or working without pay because of a partial government shutdown. The executive order follows a proposed pay freeze that the president outlined in the budget […]

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A Week Into Government Shutdown, Ire Turns to Fear for Federal Workers

When the government shutdown began a week ago, many federal workers were more irked than anxious. They’re really anxious now. What at first seemed like ho-hum political brinkmanship is looking more like a prolonged, punishing shutdown, more akin to the 27-day funding lapse in 1995 and 1996 than the blink-and-miss-it […]

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Federal Workers, Some in ‘Panic Mode,’ Share Shutdown Fears on Social Media

A Department of Transportation worker in Missouri picked up cashier shifts at Barnes & Noble. A paralegal for the Justice Department in Texas stopped using her “gas-guzzling” pickup truck and pulled her motorcycle out of storage. An air traffic controller in California is avoiding any purchases that aren’t vital. As […]

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