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Shutdown Continues: Federal Employees Reach Second Payday Without Pay

Federal workers who are furloughed or working without pay will miss a second payday today, as the government shutdown reaches the end of its fifth week.

In Rhode Island, some of those who will not receive a paycheck today are U.S. Marshals Service employees. Jamie Hainsworth, U.S. Marshal for the state, said going without pay has been especially hard for younger members of his staff, who have less in the bank to fall back on.

 “The younger they are and the newer they are - I think it’s tough for them.” Hainsworth said. “But it’s tough for everybody. Everybody has expenses at home, and everybody has other family members to take care of. And, you know, it’s been very hard on them.”

U.S. Marshals Service employees are required to keep working because they have a mandate to protect the U.S. Courts, which remain open, Hainsworth explained.

“The U.S. Courts have not been affected by the lapse in appropriations, and they remain open… So we’ll continue to protect the court family, and people that come to the court,” Hainsworth said.

The Marshals Service is one of a host of federal agencies whose workers are again going without a paycheck.

Also working without pay: TSA agents and Federal Aviation Administration employees. A union picket is planned for Friday afternoon at T.F. Green Airport, to draw attention to the shutdown’s continued impact on aviation workers.

And if the shutdown continues, the number of federal employees working without pay will grow, as more agencies will require employees to work without pay.

The U.S. District Court in Rhode Island has remained open through the shutdown, and employees have continued to receive paychecks. But Deputy Clerk for the District Court Frank Perry said if the shutdown continues into February, some court workers will be required to work without pay, while others will be furloughed. 

U.S. Marshal for the district of Rhode Island, Jamie Hainsworth.
U.S. Marshal for the district of Rhode Island, Jamie Hainsworth.
U.S. Marshal Service employees in Atlanta, in 2011.
U.S. Marshal Service employees in Atlanta, in 2011.