Workers not happy as shutdown threatens jobs, pay

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Submitted: Tue, 10/01/2013 - 8:57pm
Updated: Tue, 10/01/2013 - 10:53pm

SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — Federal workers at Sunny Point formed a picket line at the ammunition depot’s main entrance today. For these members of the American Federation of Government Workers, it’s their way of protesting a government shutdown that could send them home to wait for paychecks.

“Right now if we don’t get paid, I don’t pay rent, lights, anything, so I’m stuck,” worker Shiril Brown, a member of the American Federation of Government Employees, said.

With the federal government officially shutdown, employees at the Military Ocean Terminal at Sunny Point are showing their frustration.

“You are playing with small people’s lives who are not up there playing politics with you and not getting six to eight figures,” Brown said.

Brown is a civilian government employee. She has already experienced a previous pay freeze and has lived through furloughs. Brown reported to work Tuesday, but does not know when or if she will get paid this week.

“If I don’t come and I am supposed to report, I get fired automatically,” she said. “Then I am out of a job and still can’t feed my family, and I can’t take my slip to the unemployment office, because they are closed.”

She is not alone.

Karen timko spent several years serving in the military before she left on disability. She says she and her family depend on their government income.

“I love my job,” Timko said. “I love coming to work. It’s a shame that Congress can’t work this out, because what we do here is unique, and it’s important.”

Both women say they want the Obama administration to keep its promise and not negotiate with members of Congress they say are holding their wages hostage.

Sunny Point employees say they will continue to picket every day, all week long, and as long as their jobs are in jeopardy.

Impacts are felt at the state level, too, including the Department of Transportation. The NCDOT says 22 employees woke up this morning without a job because their positions are federally funded.


  • GuestPopeArt says:

    I’m laughing at all of you ignorant, poor sheep that voted for me (oh, I mean Gov. Pat McCrony) and my fellow rich friends. GOD told you to, right?

    We will destroy you people and make you our slaves…but you’ll keep voting for us because Sean Hannity, Fox and Rush tell you to. Cry me a river all the way to the bank, and we’ll have a GRAND OL’ PARTY!

  • Guest2020 says:

    What do these people really have to worry about? As soon as the government reopens, they will have jobs to go back to. They should be grateful.

  • Barbara Weaver says:

    For Cruz…I am so very sorry that you are so clueless when it comes to politics. Perhaps if you paid a bit more attention and threw a little common sense in to the mix you would see what them Dems are doing!! I was a Democrat most of my life but they have really lost their minds since Obama!!! No it’s not about color either…it’s simply about right and wrong.

  • GuestMan. says:

    You’re not that guy that yelled “Let them die” during the republican’ts primary, are you?

  • Beach Bum says:

    You afraid of dying??

    Your new health care law has insured that as a real possibility if their panels determine it is of little value to waste equipment and resources to keep you alive.

    I was chanting repeal…repeal…repeal…

  • Beach Bum says:

    What I haven’t seen….

    Is you pony up an address or a check that won’t bounce to pay for all those “burden” tax(penalty) associated with the Affordable Health Care law.

    Because not all of your buddies will qualify for subsidiraries.

  • Beach Bum says:

    Sucks having to be responsible doesn’t it? Guess that means you will have to fore go the ounce of weed this week to go visit your mom.

  • Guest123456 says:

    I hope for your sake, you never age, never become ill and never loose your job. I have seen many and they are owed help. My mother is an amazing person at a young age her brain stopped working the same and at 58 she is in an assisted living home. Now you may say she belongs in my home ( ive done my best to do that ) I have a good job but the good old state has told me if she lives with me I will then have to pay for 40% of her 3000 medication bill. I will then also be granted only 20 hrs of in home care a week and I will have to pay for the rest ( I work 40-45 hrs a week ) So if she lived with me, I would have no money for a single bill..and I would still owe someone. So sorry my mother lives on the goverment… If you like you could help me out with her or the other 62 people who live in there. FYI in those home they dont provide any personal care items ( I do ) and 43 in there have no friends or family….she what a repug voted in 6 years ago when they cut mental health

  • GuestMan. says:

    Tell me where you read in the Affordable Care Act exactly where it says there will be “death panels”. It is not there. It is a bunch of horse—t that Michele Bachmann and some other tea-baggers made up.
    If you would read instead of parroting Rush and Glen Beck you would have a better idea of what is really in the law.
    The republican’ts think no lie is too big when it comes to healthcare.

  • Beach Bum says:

    Forgot I was dealing with a school room sissy Democrat.

    Instead of “death panel”, insert end of care consultation group if it makes you feel better.

    Same job, just easier name for your sensibilities.

    I still have not seen you pony up an address to pay for peoples increase in premiums, prescription increases and tax or penalty.

    Do your part since you “care.”

  • Guest1234567890 says:

    By the way, slavery and prohibition were also LAWS that passed and were upheld by the Supreme Court.

    At the end of the day, what right do you have to “rich” people’s money? You are in the position that you are in because of the choices YOU have made in life.

    America is the land of opportunity (equal opportunity), not equal outcomes.

  • Guest1022 says:

    Never had a poor person ever offer much less give me a job.

  • GuestMan. says:

    I am in a very good position in life. Army vet, started priming tobacco when I was 13 years old, went to ECU and paid for it w/o gov’t loans or grants, and have had good jobs that I worked for all my life. I still think that a lot of people less fortunate than me or my friends need some help. Middle class people bearing the brunt of the tax burden while “rich” people pay less tax than they should just doesn’t seem fair to me.
    I guess we have the best politicians money can buy that will make laws that benefit the ones that don’t need it instead of ones that do. The rich get richer,etc..
    You are right, slavery and prohibition were laws were passed and then overturned at a later date, but, they did it by enacting new laws. The republicans don’t have the votes to do that so they want to act like Opie on the Andy Griffith show and pout because he didn’t win a medal. It’s like they don’t realize that is what makes a democracy, sometimes your side wins and sometimes the other does.
    So, all you can do is parse one word in all that I wrote and think what a brilliant person you are.
    The republicans had 4 years to make overtures about changes to the Affordable Care Act and all they did was vote 43 times THis ear to overturn it.
    They are poor losers that act like spoiled brats at the expense of the American people.

  • Beach Bum says:

    Obviously, you have confused yourself on tax rates and taxes paid.

    The “rich” as you eloquently put it still pay taxes just like those poor middle class folks who bear all the burden. They pay at a different rate because of the volume they have to pull from. Middle class pay at a high rate because they have less volume to pull from. The IRS does that so the graduated tax system to works fairly and equally to all.

    But they still pay. I’d prefer the IRS to go after the 47%ers that still use services and infrastructure but don’t pay. Why do you or any other Vet get a free ride per se? Enlistments are voluntary. Why do “old or poor” folks get a free ride per se? You and the old or poor folks still use the same infrastructure and services that I do.

    If I asked my duly elected officials to vote to repeal the Affordable Health Care Law 400 more times, then, by my book, they are doing their jobs in representing my opinion. Of the people, by the people and for the people does not mean 30 million more Americans have access to health care insurance that they already have access to. That means ALL of us.

    So why shouldn’t they pay for the same price that I have to pay for the service? And like me, if they can’t afford it, then they should be turned away.

  • Barbara Weaver says:

    I’m pretty sure these workers voted for Obama because they believed what he said, what he promised….he didn’t get his way and is throwing a tantrum like he always does and you are paying for it. This is you guy…deal with it.

  • browneyes says:

    Vog 46, I totally agree with you. I am so sick and tired of everyone blaming Obama. Who are you going to blame next when Obama presidency is up?

  • Guest Reply Redux says:

    This whole Obama thing all started when the Prez bought his 2 little girls (at the time) a dog that he knew would pee on the bushes! :-)

  • Vog46 says:

    I was responding to this in a previous post:

    from Guest USMC:
    ” Also, unions are a lot of what is wrong with our nation, and are a reason why foreign interests are taking over.”

    Now re-think YOUR repsonse.
    MOST liberals till blame Bush and most Republican still blame unions. Neither is correct…


  • DP101 says:

    Those that make the Laws, should have to live by the Laws they Pass!
    If they want Obamacare they should have to endure it just like every other American that has NO choice! Eat your spinach Congress!!!

  • beach guy says:

    The guy told us what he was going to do before he did it he hates this country and was raised by communists so what do people expect.

  • Robert Green says:

    SOCIALISM ! You can expect these furloughs to continue each fiscal year as the federal government approaches the financial abyss. As you hold up your signs , acknowledge the citizens that drive by , who work in the private sector , that pay your salary. The House Republicans are standing up primarily due to the worst piece of legislation in American history. it is called Obamacare for the low information citizens. It will break the backs of the private sector and further jeopardize your government jobs. There are more people taking money out of the pot than are putting in. The political class in DC , Democrats and many rhino Republicans , do not care about you. You are just pawns in the game. Everything on the political spectrum has shifted to the left. The Republicans are the New Democrats and the Democrats are the new Socialist. The sheep that follow the Democrats are literally running with Devil. They will betray you . Real American leadership is hard to find with the exception of Ted Cruz and Rand Paul. Individuals who are being isolated by their own Republican Party because they speak the truth and upset the social design the political (ruling) class has for the masses. You can not see the big picture because you have been distracted by pop culture and indoctrinated by the mainstream media.

  • Guestbjones says:

    Are you on drugs or are you just reading from a script provided by Americans for Prosperity? You can’t possibly believe all that drivel. And exactly who are you getting your insurance from? If you think Cruz and Paul are the answer you are the far right wing of the far right wing. Destroy the country for your ideological diatribes?

  • GuestMan. says:

    You really cannot be serious, can you?
    Ted Cruz and Rand Paul are both standing in the way of a LAW that was passed in 2009 and upheld by the Supreme Court with the swing vote being a Bush lite appointee.
    You are spouting trash that you have seen on Fox(news?) and heard your idol Rush say. The Democrats are still Democrats and the republicans are turning into the John Birch Society with all the tea-baggers running the party. I hope they keep it up.
    The private sector has done nothing but take profits in the stock market and create McJobs that are habitually low paying with very little chance for advancement. We have kept the taxes for corporations low and kept in place the Bush Tax Cuts for the Wealthy.
    So, my question for you is: What has a rich person done for you today?
    They, and their mouthpieces have shut down the government including the CDC, all the National Parks, kept 800,000 from earning a paycheck from the government, and disrupted the lives of every American in some way or another.
    Tou think these people are the answer?

  • Truth says:

    It’s about him, not the political party. Some are regretting it now. Others may hide their regret. Regardless, Obama is the issue. I could care less if he was purple, pink, green, blue, democrat or republican–too bad others didn’t cast their vote for the right reasons instead of skin color and political party. He is a snake in the grass. Thank GOD this is his LAST term.

  • Guest2020 says:

    Because the republicans put up McCain then Romney to run against him. Until the republicans get in it to win it, we will be stuck with the democrats winning.

  • Beach Bum says:

    I’d gladly destroy America while standing by my principles of a hand up instead of a hand out.

    Since you think the Affordable Health Care law is so great, pony up an address and check that won’t bounce and cover ALL expenses related to the tax….I’m sorry, penalty associated with it.

    Shut down is the only responsible measure our duly elected officials could take in order to avert another financial crisis.

    Diatribe my ass. Americans are tired of the Democrat-Socialist approach.

  • CoastalJade says:

    Beach Bum
    If I could like your response I would.
    Thank you…you get it.

  • Monkey Junction says:

    If Americans are sick of Democrats , then why was Obama elected twice by the American people?

  • tiredofitall says:

    Here is an idea to cut through all the BS in Washington. First off, the first thing shut down is the salary of every single member of congress, their stafffs, adn the other branches inside the beltway. Secondyly we take the congressional pension program adn the billions it cost the taxpayers yearly adn apply it to something useful such as health care, education, or paying the millions of workers that have paind into social security adn now make the choice of taking medicine or eating. Some reality interjected would be nice, but at least all of the players inside the beltway are showing their true priorities…..and the american people are not it.

  • Guest20562 says:

    you guys voted him into office so live with it how do you like your change now. Impeach obama

  • GuestUSMC says:

    What do they plan to prove? The only thing they are doing is showing their ignorance. They have no more control over this than any other American citizen. We have elected a bunch of goons to run our country, Republicans in particular who want everything their way to help reward their pals in big business or no way. Also, unions are a lot of what is wrong with our nation, and are a reason why foreign interests are taking over.

  • Vog46 says:

    Unions represent less than 7% of our total workforce.
    Thats like blaming Bush for everything.
    Find a new scapegoat


  • Native American says:

    “We have elected a bunch of goons to run our country, Republicans in particular”.

    Don’t the Democrat goons have a majority in the senate and a Democrat President? When the majority leader and the President say they will not negotiate with Republicans, it’s the Republican’s fault?

    Republicans should just roll over and agree with whatever the Democrats want to shove down our throat?

    Democrats and the President got their Obamacare and could care less about a shutdown.

  • Guest6858 says:

    The Republicans have sent numerous bills to Obama. Wake up and smell the coffee. He plainly said he was going to veto anything that he didn’t like. It’s NOT the Republicans….Obama wants to be King Obama. Hey Mr. President; the Congress of the United States was established so that presidents could not just do what they want to do, without the checks and balances. You are NOT ABOVE THE LAW. Obey the law like every other American citizen. His arrogance is beyond belief.

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