Shutdown All Members Email

Below is a copy of the email sent to all AFGE members on Saturday, December 22. You can copy and paste this email and send it to members in your local union.

AFGE Family -- 

Congress and the White House did not reach a funding deal to keep the government open by last night's funding deadline. As a result, we are now in a partial government shutdown. Here’s what you need to know:

Regarding Your Paychecks

Here is the lay of the land as we see it currently. The first thing you should know is that a partial government shutdown will only affect the paychecks of members in unfunded agencies. You can find more information about who will be affected on our website here. This shutdown started close to the beginning of a new pay period for most workers, that is: the pay period beginning December 23 and ending January 5. Some of you have different pay periods, but this information will help determine when would be the soonest you would be without your regular salaries in your paychecks.

You should still get your regular paycheck during the week of December 31, if agency payroll functions remain operational.

But the paycheck that reflects the pay period ending on January 5th is due to be paid during the week of January 14. That’s the one that may be short – or non-existent.

If there is backpay legislation passed right at the beginning of a new pay period, you would most likely get your money on the next payday. But we don’t know how long a shutdown will last, or when or if backpay legislation will be passed.

Resources and Guidance

We have set up a website at that includes important information such as:

  • AFGE's shutdown talking points
  • AFGE's shutdown bargaining guidance
  • OPM shutdown guidance
  • A link where you can ask any questions or raise concerns you may have
  • Social media guidance

We will continue to update that site with the latest information as it becomes available, so check back regularly.

AFGE in the Media

AFGE’s Communications Department has been working tirelessly to lift the voice of our members and make sure our story is told in the media. Here are just a few examples of the stories from across the nation where we are making our voice heard:

As always, we will continue to fight for the certainty, dignity and pay that our AFGE members deserve and keep you apprised of any developments.

In Solidarity,


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