It’s now day 26 of the federal government shutdown. Over the last few weeks — we’ve talked about the impact on federal workers.
However, there’s another part of the workforce who may not get paid even when the shutdown ends.
Contract workers are used by the federal government for important jobs including; radar operators for the National Weather Service, members of the Department of Transportation, janitors at federal buildings and many more.
There are more than 800,000 federal employees who will receive back pay once the government shutdown ends.
Because there is no database for contract workers, New York University can only estimate there are 4.1 million people who work under federal contracts who may not get paid.
For example, at EROS in Garretson, SD, 22 percent of workers are government employees — but 78 percent are contract workers.
Over the weekend Representative Ayanna Pressley from Massachusetts asked congressional leaders to make sure any funding deal would include back pay for contract workers as well.