Local workers among 800,000 nationwide not getting paid during shutdown

What: Forty percent of the federal workforce – 800,000 employees nationwide – are not getting paid or being forced to work without pay during the partial government shutdown that began at midnight on December 28. The American Federation of Government Employees is organizing a press conference with North Carolina labor leaders and public policy allies to highlight the effect this shutdown is having on our members, their families, and the state.

When: Friday, January 25 at 11:45am (rally time) and 12:00pm (press conference)

Who: AFGE members affected by the shutdown who work at TSA, Bureau of Prisons, and the EPA. Participation is not in any official agency capacity. MaryBe McMillan, President, North Carolina AFL-CIO. Patrick McHugh, Senior Public Policy Analyst, Budget & Tax Center.

Where: Outside the Federal Courthouse – 310 New Bern Ave., Raleigh, NC 27601


The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is the largest federal employee union, representing 700,000 workers in the federal government and the government of the District of Columbia.

The North Carolina State AFL-CIO is the largest association of unions of working people in North Carolina, representing over a hundred thousand members, working together for good jobs, safe workplaces, workers’ rights, consumer protections, and quality public services on behalf of ALL working people.

The Budget & Tax Center, a project of the NC Justice Center, produces non-partisan analysis of pressing budget, tax and economic decisions facing the state of North Carolina and local communities with an eye to ensuring that economic opportunity is expanded for all.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT Adam Orlovich, AFGE – 202-341-8965; Jeremy Sprinkle, NC State AFL-CIO – 336-255-2711; Julia Hawes, NC Justice Center – 919-863-2406
Future requests: Please contact the AFGE Communications Department at 202-639-6419