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Union Leaders Welcome End of Federal Shutdown, Lifting of Debt Limit

WASHINGTON—Union leaders welcomed Congress’ end of the 2-week partial federal shutdown/lockout and the decision to raise the nation’s debt limit, thus avoiding what would have been a first-ever default by the U.S. But one leader, American Federation of Government Employees President J. David Cox, also warned we could be right back in the same partisan soup in three months when […]

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Crowd Chants ‘We Want to Work!’ As Federal Shutdown Continues

WASHINGTON—The chant rang out over and over again, despite pouring rain, interrupting speakers who enthusiastically urged them on. “We want to work!”  “We want to work!”  came the constant call. That came from hundreds of locked-out federal workers, members of the American Federation of Government Employees, AFSCME, the Service Employees, the Treasury Employees and other unions, who marched on Capitol […]

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Corrections Officers Bring Home Impact Of Federal Shutdown: More Danger, No Pay

PINEVILLE, La.—Tim Raffray is lucky: He’s alive.  Some of his colleagues aren’t.  And, due to the congressional impasse over federal spending, more may die – and none will get paid in the foreseeable future, his union warns. Raffray, a military veteran, is a federal correctional officer at Pollock Correctional Center, a maximum-security prison in central Louisiana.   The prison is so short-staffed – as […]

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Congress Fails to Avoid Shutdown

Congress Fails to Avoid Shutdown

Because members of Congress were unable to perform the most basic function that they were elected to do, and pledged to do when they were sworn into office, it is ultimately our nation’s students who may suffer the most.

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