Will NOT be repaid EVER
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The partial government shutdown has entered its 20th day. On Saturday, it will become the longest shutdown in U.S. history if a deal is not reached. President Trump reportedly stormed out of a meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer Wednesday after they refused to back a deal to fund a wall on the southern border. Schumer accused Trump of throwing a temper tantrum. Trump described the meeting as a “total waste of time.” We speak with Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen. The group just released a report titled “As Shutdown Drags On, Agencies Devoted to Consumer and Worker Health and Safety Unfunded and Deprioritized.”
Historically, when these shutdowns have occurred, when it’s settled, the workers are paid, both the ones who are forced to work, who are legally required to be at their jobs even though they are not being paid, and the ones who have been furloughed and are not working.
There’s another category of people who are comparably being affected, who will not be paid ever, which is the huge number of government contractors. You know, as you’ve discussed in recent shows, the government contracts out, because it’s privatized so much of its business, to a huge number of agencies and workers. Those people aren’t working now, and they will not be reimbursed.
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January 10, 2019 at 2:40 PM #10691alcinaParticipant
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UPS, FedEx, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Amazon, Uber, hell, every large tech company I’ve ever encountered have all found ways to screw their contractors. No holiday pay, no sick days, no notice of terminating open-ended contracts — and “it’s not us, it’s the agency you work for.” A major lawsuit against MS in the time before was supposed to remedy this. But where there’s a will to shank the workers, the company finds a way. The repubs are just running the country like a business, which their clueless, selfish, hateful followers apparently think is a wonderful thing. Until, of course, it affects them personally.
"The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them." -Julius Nyerere, First President of Tanzania
January 10, 2019 at 4:41 PM #10776
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