Federal Agencies Inform Employees of Shutdown-Related Furloughs

OfficeFederal agency supervisors have notified employees whether they should report to work or stay at home if the government closes Tuesday, Federal News Radio reported Friday.

Jack Moore writes furloughed workers are not guaranteed back pay during a shutdown and “essential” staff will receive salaries once Congress reaches a deal to restore funding.

The Office of Personnel Management and Office of Management and Budget briefed federal labor unions Thursday about shutdown contingency plans, Moore reports.

Colleen Kelley, the National Treasury Employees Union’s president, told the radio station the organization will fight for shutdown-related pay.

“Employees were ready, willing, and able to come to work and I think they should be paid if it’s a lack of funding by Congress that causes them to stay home,” Kelley added.

“It’s a very uncertain time for them and Congress is certainly not helping the situation by their lack of action and their inability to come together to do the business that they were elected to do,” said Bill Dougan, president of the National Federation of Federal Employees.

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