Shutdown Report No.1

Thursday, October 3, 2013

(AFSCME Council 26)

Today dozens of AFSCME Council 26 members gathered at the Museum of Natural History where we distributed our brochure listing tourist attactions that remain open, talked with tourists about the fulough, distributed the brochure on tourist buses that stopped at the museum, lined up at the curb with our signs and chanted and waved at motorists. We were filmed and interviewed by print media, TV stations from as close as the Washington, DC area, and as far away as France and Australia. We have already appeared on local DC TV news and the story has been sent to media outlets around the country by the Reuters news service.

On another front, I have heard  that some agencies may not have given furloughed workers the three digit code needed to apply for unemployment insurance online. While you should still be able to apply in person, online filing is more convenient for many people.

I have listed below the three digit code for a number of AFSCME-represented agencies. Some of these may have given the code to employees, but I decided to list them just in case. If your agency is not listed below and you did not receive the code, please let me know by replying to this email.

USDA  445
Architect of the Capitol  010
Capitol Visitors Center  010
Federal Aviation Administration 470
Corporation for National and Community Service   308
Department of Justice  430
Peace Corp   677

We have also developed an online Furlough Survival Guide that deals with subjects like unemployment insurance, mortgage  and financial planning advice and other relevant subjects. Click here to access the guide.

We are working for an end to the shutdown that is fair to federal employees and the nation as a whole. Stop the shutdown! We want to work!


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