We did it!
We bombarded Congress with calls and visits. We took to the streets for days on end. And we won!
Congress and President Trump Jan. 25 reached an agreement to end the longest government shutdown in U.S. history and fund the government through Feb. 15. The Office of Management and Budget sent a memo to agency heads saying furloughed employees may now return to work.
Our collective actions were covered extensively by the media, which created even more pressure to end the shutdown.
The short-term continuing resolution, signed into law the night of Jan. 25, ends the 35-day shutdown without the wall funding President Trump sought.
The deal allows federal employees forced to work without pay or locked out of work without pay to receive their paycheck as quickly as possible – most likely towards the end of the week of Jan. 28.
Congress needs to pass full-year legislation
While reopening the government is long overdue, we will not celebrate a temporary reprieve to a politically motivated crisis that has left you in anguish over how to pay your bills and feed your family.
“Over the next three weeks, Congress must pass full-year appropriations for all government agencies as well legislation to make all affected federal employees whole,” said AFGE President J. David Cox Sr. “We are also urging Congress to act to prevent the use of shutdowns from ever occurring again.”
We need you to continue to contact your member of congress and senators to keep up the pressure in the next three weeks to make sure that Congress delivers on a deal that will give government workers long-term security.
Join our lawsuit
Even though the government is now open, we’re urging you and all federal employees who have been working without pay during the 35-day government shutdown to join our shutdown lawsuit to be made whole from your loss of income.
The shutdown must never happen again
Trump was forced to end the shutdown because we spoke up and kept the pressure on the administration and Congress. But it could happen again in three weeks. Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said Trump is willing to do it all over again.