A TSA worker at the Dayton International Airport checks passengers at TSA Precheck. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
Nationwide there were 800,000 furloughed federal employees of the shutdown departments of agriculture, commerce, homeland security, housing and urban development, interior, justice, state, transportation, and treasury and the Environmental Protection Agency. About 420,000 of them are deemed “essential” and required to work without pay.
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“We only pay claims for furloughed workers, not those essential workers who are working without pay. Federal employees that are still working during the shutdown generally are not eligible for Ohio unemployment insurance because they are considered still employed,” Crow said.
Today all of the furloughed workers missed their second paycheck of the shutdown, which began Dec. 22.
Unemployment compensation pays about half of an employee’s average weekly earnings up to a maximum that’s based on the number of dependents.
The state doesn’t have a way to track the number of furloughed federal workers who applied for food stamps or other aid, Crow said.
County-by-county statistics for unemployment claims by federal workers weren’t available on Friday. There were about 400 federal workers affected by the shutdown in Montgomery, Greene, Miami, Clark, Darke, Champaign and Shelby counties, according to Office of Personnel Management data from June 2018.
Congress already funded the military so U.S. Department of Defense employees working at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base aren’t furloughed.
Ohio’s two senators released statements after Trump’s announcement.
“The president decided to do his job 35 days too late, after inflicting a world of unnecessary pain on workers across this country — all for a border wall he promised Mexico would pay for,” said U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio. “We must take action to ensure all workers get the paychecks they are owed, including janitorial, food service, and other contract workers who have been hurt by the president’s shutdown.”
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 23: Furloughed federal workers and those aligned with them protest the partial government shutdown in the Hart Senate Office Building January 23, 2019 in Washington, DC. Members of the National Federation of Federal Employees, the American Federation of Government Employees, the AFL-CIO, the Communications Workers of America, DC Jobs With Justice, International Federation of Professional & Technical Engineers and the Machinists Union sponsored an “Occupy Hart” protest on Capitol Hill against the partial government shutdown. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Brown and U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, both said there is bipartisan support for additional border security measures.
"The announcement today is consistent with the letter that a group of Republicans and Democrats agreed on last week that outlined a process for reopening the government in the short term with the commitment to a border security plan that can be enacted in the next few weeks," said Portman, who introduced a bill to permanently end government shutdowns.
“(Shutdowns) hurt federal employees and their families, disrupt critical government services and increase the cost to taxpayers,” Portman said. “This shutdown confirmed what we already knew about shutdowns. Let’s do something about it now while the pain and inefficiency of this moment is fresh on our minds.”
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