Post # 31
We are leaving today for our babymoon. We purposely picked the location so we could go to a couple national parks. Obviously, we are lucky that our jobs aren’t impacted, but we are still very dissappointed to be missing the major things we wanted to do on our trip.
Post # 32
My husband is a federal employee and just missed his first paycheck. He was furloughed for the first week or so but then called back to work at the beginning of last week. The good thing is that employees are guaranteed back pay for the time they spent working (and it would be highly unusual for them not to get paid for the whole shutdown).
We’re fortunate that I don’t also work for the government (living in DC, we know a lot of couples where both are federal employees) and that I’ve been pretty insistent about keeping a sizable amount in liquid savings. We’ve talked recently about starting to invest, but I definitely would’ve been more concerned if there was less money that we could touch right now.
We’re expecting our first child in April so this is pretty crummy timing – now is the time when we’re ramping up finishing the nursery and starting to buy things, and I’m afraid to do too much when we don’t know when he’ll get paid again.
Hopefully this is over soon.
Post # 33
The number of employees called back to the irs to process the refunds is 30,000
Post # 34
My husband is furloughed. Luckily, my agency is fully funded so I am still working. It’s really stressful. We are not interested in a “free vacation”, and are very anxious to get back to work. My husband in particular is very concerned that cases he has been working on are slipping through the cracks (he is an attorney) and that the oversight his agency provides is being severely compromised, hurting the American consumer in the process.
Post # 35
I’m one of the lucky ones as my DH’s agency is fully funded I think (SSA). Can someone explain how it works legally that non essential gov’t workers can be compelled to work without pay?
Post # 36
my cousin is currently homeless because she was furloughed between duty stations so she can’t move into her next home. Luckily she is staying with her sister and she has a large savings, but she’s frustrated.
The biggest thing this shutdown has shown me is how underpaid many government employees are – no one working full time should be living paycheck to paycheck given the US vast wealth.
Post # 37
parts of the irs are already deemed essential, collecting our tax money is seen as protection of life and property. Same reason why the tsa is considered essential.
They are pushing that to tax refunds, redefining what is considered essential.
The goal is to lessen the impact of the shut down on the country. Which in my opinion, is garbage. We live in a society where unfortunately, some people don’t care until it affects them, and tax refunds are a big one.
The president has said “people are impressed with how well we’ve been operating given the circumstances”. You’re shut down, you’re not supposed to be operating above bare essentials 😂
They are also forced to come in if they are called back, I would think refusing would result in a loss of their job. They would be given back pay but that doesn’t make up for the bills that are due now.
In my opinion, people need to see the affects of the shut down, people say “the government shuts down all the time”. Well, yeah, but why should we be ok with that?
People need to be affected and they need to get angry to remind them that they work for us.
Post # 38
- Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL
I get to spend more quality time with my bff because she no longer has to prepare for the FDA audit on their injectible pharmaceutical products. YEP, you read that right. The FDA is scaling back audits on even pharma companies, so who knows what kind of quality these drugs will be when they hit the market. Luckily I know that my friend isn’t cutting corners, but I know everyone at her company was breathing a sigh of relief when they found out that their audit will only cover the MOST BASIC issues, but they aren’t even requiring them to validate or update their yearly inspections on their huge sterilizers and what not…
I’m very afraid of what this will mean for literally anyone that takes medication manufactured in the US.
Post # 39
It hasn’t affected me, but I’m deeply worried for my friend. She is due with her first baby any day now. In addition to wondering how they’ll afford diapers or their mortgage, my friend is stressed about insurance. I don’t know all the details, but if the baby is born and he can’t do the paperwork to formally add the baby to his policy in the 30-day grace period because his work is shut down, then they could be on the hook for the bill. God forbid, should there be a NICU stay, that could be life-shattering.
Post # 40
“Can someone explain how it works legally that non essential gov’t workers can be compelled to work without pay?”
They are guaranteed back pay when the shutdown ends, but will be working without pay until that happens. This will become untenable if the threat to shut government down for “months or years” proves to be true.
Post # 41
My friend who is a government contractor is very close to losing her house because of the shutdown
Post # 42
I’m very lucky in that where I work is kind of like an in-between government and private. We are actually labeled as “independent within the government.” So this shutdown does not affect us. But lots of friends and family have reached out to ask if I’m okay.
I do feel horrible though for those who are affected. I live in Chicago and I’ve seen a lot of places are offering free meals and things to goverment employees affected by the shutdown. One of the Facebook groups I’m in is putting together a donation drive to get these people some essentials they might need like diapers, baby wipes, bottles, etc (it’s a mommy group).
Post # 43
All of these stories are giving me chills… the longer this goes on the larger the ripple effects will be.
Post # 44
It hasnt effected us at all, other than our global entry applications not being processed. I’m honestly shocked at how 1 or 2 paychecks has crippled so many people so much though.
How is that possible? Its been 3.5 weeks, so at worse, thats 1 mortgage payment, right? and it takes much more than that to foreclose on someone.
Post # 45
my friends baby had to stay in the NICU for a few weeks and if they paid out of pocket it would have been close to 700K…. I truly feel for your friend. I’m so sorry