Pennsylvania Braces for Consequences of Trump Shutdown to Grow

As we enter day 18 of the Trump Shutdown, Pennsylvania is preparing for the impact on the commonwealth to grow even larger. According to one study, in Pennsylvania alone, at least 12,643 workers are furloughed or working without pay — and the direct impact of Trump’s completely avoidable shutdown on these workers is in turn affecting local communities and businesses.

The majority of Americans oppose Trump on both the wall and the shutdown. Pennsylvania families shouldn’t have to pay the price for Trump’s political stunts and temper tantrums. It’s time for congressional Republicans to join Democrats and end the Trump Shutdown.


Pittsburgh Trib Live: Shutdown impact could intensify as political stalemate pushes into week 3

“Union leaders representing at least 7,000 federal workers in Western Pennsylvania have started asking credit unions and mortgage companies to cut furloughed employees a break as the partial government shutdown continues to stretch their dollars. […] As the shutdown stretches into a third week, those who don’t rely on the federal government for a paycheck could start to feel the impact, too.”

Philadelphia Inquirer: Federal workers rally in Philly to protest shutdown

“The rally was organized by the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), which represents about 10,000 workers in Philadelphia, including Transportation Security Administration agents, Department of Housing and Urban Development employees, and correctional officers, and the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU), representing more than 5,000 employees locally.

“The protesters who gathered on a dreary, chilly Tuesday morning are among the thousands of employees that have either been furloughed or forced to work without pay since the shutdown began Dec. 22.”

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Federal shutdown to pinch state in about two weeks, Gov. Tom Wolf says

“Speaking after a Strip District event at Iron Workers Local Union №3 training center to promote workforce development, the governor said he expects employees whose salaries are paid with federal funds will be laid off if the shutdown doesn’t end soon. His office is still gathering information on how many people could be furloughed, but it likely would be several thousand.”