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Hundreds of bags of federal advisers accept been furloughed or are alive after pay as the government abeyance continues into a third week.
But addition accumulation of workers additionally has been hit hard: government contractors. And clashing those active anon by the government who acceptable will get aback pay for this period, contractors in accomplished shutdowns accept not.
Rep. Ayanna Pressley, a apprentice Democrat from Massachusetts, wants to change that. Pressley alien legislation on Tuesday to ensure aback pay for government contractors ― from aliment workers and janitors to aegis casework ― who depend on federal funds for their wages. Since the shutdown, abounding accept been furloughed or accept accustomed “stop work” orders, putting them out of work, and after pay, until the government is active again.
Pressley urged congressional leaders in a weekend letter to ensure that “any final allotment acceding includes attendant advantage for the bags of low-wage government arrangement account workers that accept had their lives put on authority as a aftereffect of President Trump’s attraction to armamentarium a xenophobic abhorrence wall.”
About 2,000 low-wage arrangement workers are off the job amidst the shutdown, Pressley said in her letter. Her bill would ensure aback pay accurately for “low-wage workers,” including those in retail, food, careful or aegis jobs.
“The advancing government abeyance ― a crisis created by the Trump Administration in following of a ‘monument to hate’ that will do annihilation to accomplish our country safer ― is aggressive the livelihoods of added than 800,000 federal workers, none added so than arrangement account workers, abounding of whom assignment on an alternate basis, for low wages, and currently accept no anticipation of recouping accomplishment absent as a aftereffect of the shutdown,” Pressley said in a statement.
“We charge ensure that arrangement casework workers, abounding of whom are active paycheck to paycheck, are able to balance their absent wages,” she added.
800k workers are after pay as the abeyance drags on. 2,000 of those workers who accomplish up the courage of our government in aliment account & janitorial casework won’t authorize for backpay back the gov reopens. Today I wrote to administration because we charge to fix this: @SEIU @32BJSEIU Media Rep Ayanna Pressley (@RepPressley) January 6, 2019
Pressley’s legislation was co-sponsored by Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) and about 10 added Democrats. While the legislation is acceptable to accumulate abutment in the Democratic-controlled House, its affairs of casual the GOP-led Senate are beneath certain.
President Donald Trump is not budging on his appeal for $5 billion to armamentarium his promised bank on the U.S.-Mexico border, while Democrats, who ascendancy the House, are opposed. Trump on Friday said the abeyance could go on for “months or alike years,” and acting White House arch of agents Mick Mulvaney said Sunday it was acceptable to “drag on a lot longer.”
“We do accept a little bit in accumulation to advice out, but we affectionate of alive paycheck to paycheck,” 47-year-old Misty Carrothers, a paralegal on a government arrangement with the Department of Justice, told HuffPost backward aftermost month. She has been out of assignment during the shutdown.
“My aftermost paycheck covers the first-of-the-month bills, which are the big ones: hire and car insurance,” she said. “But again you accept acclaim cards that appear in the average of the month, and my bloom allowance may or may not be absolutely covered on my abutting paycheck.
“It’s aloof like, back is this activity to end?”
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