2019 Government Shutdown
More than 800,000 government workers were locked out or forced to work without pay for 35 days in the longest government shutdown in the history of the United States. This needless and manufactured crisis affected real families with real financial responsibilities and jeopardized the safety of our nation. This debacle could have--and should have--been avoided.
The lives and livelihoods of America's working families should not be chips in a political game. The resolution to reopen the government until Feb. 15, 2019, gives the president and congressional leaders three weeks to find a long-term solution to fully fund the government and give our patriotic public servants the stability and security to do their jobs effectively, and to give the public the vital services we deserve.
“We cannot put our proud federal and D.C. government employees through this turmoil ever again.”
We have growing concerns about the effects this shutdown is having on our aviation system. - Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO
Resources for Federal Employees
Guidance and resources to assist federal employees affected by the shutdown.
Union members affected by the government shutdown may be eligible for financial assistance through the Union Plus Furlough Grant Program and other hardship resources, including:
- A $300 furlough grant;
- Mortgage assistance;
- Credit counseling;
- Personal loans;
- Auto insurance; and
- Life and accident insurance.
One of AFL-CIO's national partners, the United Way, supports 2-1-1, a free nationwide information and referral line that helps people find local resources that provide critical services, including:
- Supplemental food and nutrition programs;
- Shelter and housing options, and utilities assistance;
- Employment and education opportunities;
- Services for veterans; and
- Health care and mental health services.
Simply dial "211' to speak to a specialist or visit 211.org to find resources.