WASHINGTON— On Wednesday, legislation was signed into law that would provide back pay for federal employees forced to work without pay or locked out of their jobs without pay during the shutdown.
“We thank all the senators who supported this bill. Our members are ready to report to work and deserve to be paid for this time and productivity that has been lost through no fault of their own,” American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. said.
The bill applies to employees of the D.C. government, D.C. Courts, and D.C. Public Defenders Service affected by the shutdown. It also clarifies that excepted employees who have previously approved leave during the shutdown may take that leave without penalty.
AFGE welcomed the good news but called on Senate Republicans to reopen the government.
“While signing of this bill guaranteeing back pay for our members and other impacted federal employees is a welcomed development, employees are still left to wonder when they will be paid and when they will be able to go back to work,” Cox said. “Our government should be fully funded and able to provide the American public with quality services. We are calling, again, on Senator McConnell to bring the House-passed appropriations bills that end the shutdown to a vote and get our government open.”