Furloughed Feds Aren’t Just Worried About Smaller Paychecks

Furloughed Feds Aren’t Just Worried About Smaller Paychecks

Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., a federal employee advocate, joined the call Friday.
Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., a federal employee advocate, joined the call Friday. Tony Avelar/AP file photo

“When I looked at my paycheck the other day, it was a shock to see how small it was,” Doug Mehring told reporters on a conference call Friday hosted by the Federal-Postal Coalition.

Mehring, a brick mason at Scott Air Force Base near St. Louis, was recalled to work Oct. 7 after four days of furlough. His most recent paycheck was only 60 percent of its usual total, though he — and several other federal employees on the call Friday — largely voiced concerns about the shutdown outside of that personal impact.

Lee Stone, a senior scientist at NASA’s Ames Research Center, said conferences he has missed and experiments he has canceled while on furlough represent a vast amount of lost knowledge. Tests involving artificial gravity, g-20 centrifuges, 747 airplanes with giant telescopes attached and potential causes of a recent crash at San Francisco International Airport have all fallen victim to the shutdown. Continue reading “Furloughed Feds Aren’t Just Worried About Smaller Paychecks”

As shutdown looms, federal employees in Chicago protest

As shutdown looms, federal employees in Chicago protest

By David Roeder Staff Reporter September 30, 2013 4:57PM

Updated: October 1, 2013 2:24AM

Unionized federal workers bracing for a government shutdown angrily called on Congress to end its budgetary stalemate Monday, saying furloughs would hurt the economy and the delivery of important services.

Members of the American Federation of Government Employees staged a lunch-hour rally at Federal Plaza, 230 S. Dearborn.

“We have dedicated public servants here. They’re basically being used as guinea pigs,” said Mike Mikulka, an environmental engineer and a vice president of the union. “Lawmakers had all summer to do their job and fund the government.” Continue reading “As shutdown looms, federal employees in Chicago protest”