Robins Employees Protest Government Stalemate

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Updated: Thu, 10 Oct 2013 11:51:02 EST

It's all work but no pay for many Robins Air Force Base civilian workers and union workers on the base rallied outside Congressman’s Austin Scott’s office Thursday to protest the budget.

Members of the American Federal Government Employees union for Robins picketed outside hoping to send Congress a message.

"Resolve your budget issues so we can get back to work to support the war fight," union president Tom Scott said.

Scott says they aren’t outside to target Scott or a particular party. Rather to let Congress know that many workers are upset about the situation.

"I don't know how I can continue to come to work and not get paid," internal unit engineer at Robins, Candida Glover said.

Another point of contention is members of Congress receiving their paychecks despite the government shutdown. However, Scott and other Georgia lawmakers have refused their paychecks during this time but, that doesn't make a difference to the protesters.    

"Just like Congress is not losing any money, they're not losing anything so why should we?" Robins worker, Jeanette McElhaney said.  

Some civilian employees exempted from the government shutdown are not being paid their normal paycheck. A base spokesperson said in a release that “an error in the Defense Civilian Pay System, coded their time as furloughed instead of regular.”

However, Air Force officials said employees will receive their correct amount in the October 25 paycheck.

Good news for some employees but others furloughed last week still don’t have a date when they’ll receive their checks.

"Till Congress passes a budget, they're still not going to get a paycheck from October 1 until they correct the budget," Scott said.

Many of the signs outside are urging Congress to pass a continuing resolution to cover spending. However, until a budget is finalized employees say they’ll continue to work but want to be compensated for their time.

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