The federal government will shut down in a matter of hours if Congress fails to work through its impasse on federal spending, but federal workers aren’t standing by idly in some cities.
The American Federation of Government Employees plans to hold a rally in downtown Chicago on Monday to make noise about the impacts of closing down. Attendees will include workers from the Social Security Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Labor, Department of Agriculture and Department of Housing and Urban Development, according to the labor group.
A similar coalition has scheduled a demonstration for Monday at the Tip O’Neill federal building in Boston, according to the union. Both of the day’s events are slated for noon.
Another demonstration took place last week as the American Foreign Service Workers Association held a rally on Friday titled “Don’t Shut Down Diplomacy” in Washington, D.C.
“Thousands of Foreign Service employees — diplomats and development experts — will be kept from their posts [in the event of a shutdown],” AFSA president Bob Silverman said in a statement. “In this time of continuing instability in the Middle East and uncertainty around the world, we appeal to members of Congress to allow these men and women to continue doing their jobs.”
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