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We Want To Work! #StopTheShutdown

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This unnecessary Government Shutdown is impacting the lives of 800,000 dedicated federal workers, through no fault of their own. IFPTE and the labor movement has gathered a host of resources to assist our brothers and sisters needlessly impacted by this political travesty.


To further assist furloughed federal workers, IFPTE will publish information we gather to assist those impacted by this unnecessary shutdown. We realize that we cannot capture everything occurring across the United States, so we ask that you share information with us so we can share it with our brothers and sisters in this struggle. Please send your information to

Take Action

Call Your Senators - Tell them to prioritize ending the shutdown and request that they urge Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring the funding bill that the House of Representatives has already passed, the same one that passed the Senate in December 2018, to the Senate floor for a vote. We must keep the pressure on! Call tollfree @ 866/803-8830.

Take to Social Media - Urge Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to #CallTheVote to fund the government and end this unnecessary shutdown.


Find Help in Your Community
United Way, one of the AFL-CIO's national partners, supports 2-1-1, a free nationwide information and referral line that helps people find local resources they may be eligible to obtain 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Unemployment Insurance/Financial Assistance
IFPTE encourages our federal sector members who are furloughed to apply for unemployment insurance. As unemployment programs are administered by state governments and the D.C. government and the filing process and benefits vary by state. Check with your government unemployment agency and consult with the OPM resources below. Additionally, your credit union, bank, or mortgage provider may offer financial assistance for federal employees impacted by the Shutdown.


January 25 – Indoor Rally: Solidarity with Federal Workers
When: 4:30pm - 7:30pm
Where: 87 Lafayette Street
New York, NY
IFPTE Local 98 invites our fellow federal workers in lower Manhattan--along with supporters in the labor movement and the broader community--to rally for an end to the shutdown and to gather to build morale and organization for what may be a long struggle ahead. Learn more.

IFPTE (@IFPTE) tweeted at 1:08 PM on Wed, Jan 23, 2019:
"This is the way he (Trump) treated workers in private industry, he bankrupted his companies and didn't pay his workers" - @IFPTE President Paul Shearon. Watch the video here.

(NEW) IFPTE Secretary-Treasurer Matt Biggs Interviewed
IFPTE Secretary-Treasurer Matt Biggs was interviewed prior to the start of the silent protest at the Senate Hart Building in support of the furloughed federal workers. Said Biggs, "Mitch McConnell, do your damn job!" Watch the video here.

Jose Andres Feeds Nearly 12,000 Furloughed Federal Workers (The Hill)
"We will be there every day until this shutdown ends! Members of Congress @gop @TheDemocrats, I invite you to come to our kitchen and meet/serve those affected by this national emergency!" Andres tweeted Friday.

#ChefsForFeds Cafe, 701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW