Government shutdown shows effects on federal employees

Local - 10/4/2013 6:02 PM by Joe Hellriegel
BECKLEY - The continued government shutdown is starting to show it's effects on federal workers in southern West Virginia.

"I think the main of what I see is frustration. Everybody's really frustrated, we don't mind coming to work, we want to work, we take a lot of pride in what we do," said Charles Turner with the Federal Correctional Institution in Beckley.

"We're dealing with this the best we can because there is just so many unknowns of how long this is going to last, are we going to get paid, the staff, dozens of phone calls down in McDowell want to know and have questions and it's something I can't answer," said Charlie Yates of the The American Federation of Government Employees.

Yates says just in the 3rd Congressional District of West Virginia, the shutdown affects over 10,500 federal employees and about 3,100 locally and all they can do now is wait, and hope.

"It's totally uncalled for it's unnecessary and I will say this, I'm probably the most non-partisan trying to find the middle working with everybody," said Senator Joe Manchin (D)-WV. "I think my colleagues were wrong in taking that approach that it's my way or the highway or shut down government. These are all my friends and talking to them and trying, hopefully they will come to a reasonable solution."


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