Stories from the Trump Shutdown


January 8, 2019

Today is Day 18. Some 800,000 federal employees are affected by the Trump Government Shutdown. These include approximately 420,000 workers deemed essential and working without pay, and about 380,000 workers who have been furloughed without pay. These numbers do not include workers employed by contractors hired by the government, who are also out of work. While federal employees have been granted back pay after shutdowns ended in the past, contracted workers (including cleaning and restaurant staff) usually do not get back pay.

We will be doing a series of blog posts about the shutdown. This first lets the workers speak for themselves. In the following days, we’ll be covering current or expected impacts on various services, and how the public and workers alike are being affected. And we’ll provide facts about the reason for the shutdown: the Trump wall obsession.

In every corner of the country, workers are sharing their stories about how they have been affected by the shutdown. The twitter hashtag  #ShutdownStories has gone viral. It was apparently started by media outlets seeking, well, shutdown stories, but was quickly overrun by federal workers, their family members, labor and other progressive groups and now, increasingly, members of Congress who are demanding that the shutdown end.

Thousands of people have submitted stories about hardships caused by the shutdown. Here is a small sampling of their stories.

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