Prison Guards Working Double Shifts Without Pay During Shutdown

(Washington, DC) — An increasing number of federal prison guards are calling in sick to protest the partial government shutdown or to work side jobs for some income. The Washington Post reports it has led to some prison guards working double shifts without knowing when they will get paid.

There are 36-thousand federal prison guards and because they are deemed essential they are being asked to continue working without pay during the shutdown.

The Post contacted union officials for ten federal prisons and they claim that the number of guards not showing up for work has doubled since the shutdown began on December 22nd.

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