Furloughed Workers Are Taking Extraordinary Measures to Survive the Shutdown as it Sets New Records Every Day

The uncertainty about how long the shutdown will go on can make it difficult to impossible to find stopgap employment, as few employers are excited about taking on and potentially having to train a new worker who could be called back by Uncle Sam any day.

As a result, a number of federal agencies and even the Coast Guard have posted sad survival “tip sheets” for furloughed workers that suggest taking on babysitting gigs or having a garage sale, among other potential humiliations. 

So much for all the great benefits of a government job. 

The endless scroll is a catalog of furlough horror stories and public servants basically engaging in digital panhandling. Most have raised from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars and come from all across the country. 

Whatever your feeling on the shutdown and who’s to blame, it’s pretty clear that it’s the product of a break down. This is simply not the way things are supposed to work, either in Washington, D.C. or in the homes of thousands of workers who are nothing more than innocent bystanders at a record-setting train wreck. 

Published on: Jan 14, 2019

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