The Faces, the Voices and the People Impacted by the Government Shutdown

Friday, October 18, 2013

John Anderson isn't a politician, he didn't choose to shutdown the government, and it wasn't his choice to close the American Indian Smithsonian Museum where he works as a line cook. He was one of the many low-wage government contract employees locked out of work; his hours were taken away and he will not receive pay back. Anderson wasn't alone in his struggles to pay his rent and put food on the table for his son. "I was living week to week" before the shutdown. Now I'm living day to day," Anderson said.

Government Shutdown Wasn’t Bad for the Politicians.  It Was Terrible for This Guy. - The Washington Post

“I’m only 18, and I’m not only taking care of myself, I’m taking care of my father and my sister,” Alexis Vasquez said. Vasquez works at the McDonald's inside of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, his hours were cut back after the busy tourism season ended, forcing him to take a second job. When the Government shutdown, he wasn't able to work and there was no guarantee he would have a job when the government reopened, forcing him yet again to search for a second job.

Private-sector workers hurt by shutdown worry about job prospects (VIDEO) - Al Jazeera

“The government shutdown and I wasn’t ready for it,” Fred Turner said. Fred Turner works at the eateries inside the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, he was locked out and won't receive back pay. Turner won't be able to afford his mortgage payment this month.

Private-sector workers hurt by shutdown worry about job prospects: part 2 (VIDEO) - Al Jazeera



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