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Shutdown Struggle: Federally contracted janitors among those hit the hardest

08 Jan 2019 5:31 PM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

WASHINGTON (ABC7) — On day seven of the partial government shutdown, 71-year-old Lila Johnson is sharing her story in hopes of putting a face to the struggle that impacted workers are now experiencing.

"I won't be able to pay my bills, it's as simple as that," she said.

Johnson works at the Department of Agriculture as a janitor, cleaning bathrooms on a contract basis. When the shutdown began exactly a week ago, she says it was her supervisor who broke the news.

And because she is a federally contracted employee, Johnson likely won't get the back pay that Congress typically provides to federal workers once a shutdown is over.

Government contractors are paid through third party companies, and those companies can't charge the government for services that aren’t provided during a shutdown.

"We're not going to get paid and we can't get that money back," said Johnson.

More at source: ABC

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