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Tue Jan 29, 2019, 01:24 PM

The lowest-paid shutdown workers aren't getting back pay.

Janitors, security guards and cooks aren’t guaranteed compensation after losing wages

By Danielle Paquette
January 29 at 7:00 AM

Her debt was mounting: $156 for the gas bill, $300 for electricity, $2,000 for the mortgage. She could no longer afford her blood pressure pills. But what stung Audrey Murray-Wright most was rationing the groceries.

“I never, ever want to tell my son, ‘Don’t drink all that milk so you can save your brother some,' ” she said, choking up.

Murray-Wright, a cleaning supervisor at the National Portrait Gallery, is one of more than a million federal contract workers nationwide whose income halted when the government partly shuttered for 35 days.

Unlike the 800,000 career public servants who are slated to receive full back pay over the next week or so, the contractors who clean, guard, cook and shoulder other jobs at federal workplaces aren’t legally guaranteed a single penny.

They’re also among the lowest-paid laborers in the government economy, generally earning between $450 and $650 weekly, union leaders say.


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northoftheborder Jan 29 #1

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Tue Jan 29, 2019, 01:28 PM

1. This is disgusting. Makes me very angry.

Are there no remedies for this situation????? Can Congress make a special bill to pay these deserving workers?

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