Federal workers in Boston are preparing to flock to Post Office Square on Friday to protest the ongoing government shutdown.
Approximately 800,000 federal workers in the U.S. are affected by the government shutdown, which began Dec. 22 after President Donald Trump and House Democrats failed to come to an agreement on funding for Trump’s long-promised wall at the U.S.-Mexico border.
About 420,000 federal employees who are deemed essential have continued working since the partial shutdown unpaid. An additional 380,000 have been staying home without pay.
In wake of the shutdown, a union representing EPA workers in New England, AFGE Local 3428, organized Friday’s rally.
“Many workers will be forced to apply for state unemployment benefits that will also strain the state unemployment office,” AFGE Local 3428 president Steve Calder said in a statement. “Those employees will have to pay that money back, though, if they are paid for their time once the shutdown ends.”
The rally will begin at 11:45 a.m.
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