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 www.afge.org/shutdown 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:
- The work that won’t get done during a government shutdown – Associated Press
- GOP waits on Trump as clock ticks toward partial shutdown – Associated Press
- [AUDIO] Here's What Would Happen If The Government Shuts Down This Week - NPR All Things Considered
- Here's what shuts down in a (partial) government shutdown – CBS News
- White House prepares for shutdown as both sides dig in over Trump’s wall – Washington Post
- White House prepares for government shutdown as GOP lawmakers struggle for alternative – Chicago Tribune
- Judge's ruling could make government shutdown even more costly – Washington Times
- Little if any progress as partial government shutdown looms - MSN
- [AUDIO] How A Shutdown Could Affect World’s Busiest Airport In Atlanta During Holidays– WABE (Atlanta)
- Shutdown uncertainty may leave biggest impact on federal employees’ holiday vacation plans – Federal News Network
- The federal government could shut down at the end of this week. What does that mean for the Q-C? – Quad City Times
- [VIDEO] Thousands of employees at the Redstone Arsenal could be affected by a government shutdown – WHNT (Huntsville, Ala.)
- Local congressional delegation leery of partial federal government shutdown set to begin Friday – The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Wash.)
- White House Pulls Back From Shutdown Threat Over Wall Funds – WGBH (Boston)
- Federal workers union asks Congress to stop Trump’s government shutdown – People’s World
- Shutdown talk recedes after White House eases wall threat – Fox 8 (New Orleans)
- Hey Trump, don’t hold us hostage for the racist wall – SocialistWorker.org
- Donald Trump meets with aides as partial government shutdown looms – Best 24 News
- As partial government shutdown looms, GOP struggles to sway Trump – Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
- Shutdown talk recedes after White House eases wall threat – Lexington Herald-Leader (Kentuky)
- White House willing to avert government shutdown, Sanders says – News Clock
- Leaders start shutdown talks after Trump eases wall threat – Shelbyville Daily Union (Illinois)
- Here's What Would Happen If The Government Shuts Down This Week – KSTX (San Antonio)
- Few signs of progress as partial government shutdown looms – Fox 10 (Phoenix)
- A Shutdown Could Cancel Some Federal Employees’ Vacation Plans – Fed Smith
- White House and agencies prepare for shutdown – Grand Forks Herald (North Dakota)
- Government Shutdown Looms as Trump Demands $5 Billion for Border Wall – Democracy Now
- Here's What Would Happen If The Government Shuts Down This Week – WJCT (Jacksonville, Fla.)
- Trump meets with team as clock ticks to partial shutdown – Aledo Times Record (Illinois)
- Here's What Would Happen If The Government Shuts Down This Week – KUNC (Greely, Colo.)
- GOP waits on Trump as shutdown looms – Times Union (Albany, N.Y.)
- Pres. Trump meets with team as clock ticks to partial shutdown – WCJB (Gainesville, Fla.)
- As partial government shutdown looms, GOP struggles to sway Trump – San Diego Union Tribune
- GOP waits on Trump as clock ticks toward partial shutdown – The Trentonian (Trenton, N.J.) [Subscription required]
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.