'Stop This Shutdown': Federal Workers Rally In Boston

Jan 14, 2019

Since the partial government shutdown, Lilly Simmons, who works with the Environmental Protection Agency, says she’s “been at home, sitting around twiddling my thumbs for a couple of weeks.” But she’d rather be at work.

That’s why she and dozens of other furloughed federal employees rallied in downtown Boston Friday to call for an end to the shutdown, chanting, “We want to work” and “Stop this shutdown.”

With many federal workers now losing hope that they'll get a paycheck this week, stress is mounting. But so are some efforts to help the hundreds of thousands affected by the ongoing shutdown — including about 8,000 in Massachusetts.

In Boston this week, a pop-up food pantry opened for men and women of the Coast Guard, the only branch of the armed services working without pay.

Congressman Richard Neal.
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Congress begins work Thursday while 800,000 federal employees are out of work or working without pay.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.
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Salaries for governors in New England have been on an upward trend. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker's pay raise makes him the highest-paid governor in the region.

The Massachusetts Statehouse.
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It's full speed ahead for budget writers in Massachusetts, despite a projected revenue slowdown.