Federal Employees Moonlight To Pay The Bills


This message comes from NPR sponsor Comcast business from their fast reliable internet on their advanced gig speed network to their twenty four seven support. Comcast business is committed to helping power businesses every day. Visit Comcast business dot com to learn more once in a while this happens once in a while this happens to people in the private sector. They're employed, but the paycheck doesn't come through or bounces. Money's getting tight. You may have to consider looking for temporary work to pay the bills NPR's Jeff Brady reports that is exactly what is happening for federal workers as the partial government shutdown continues, some of those unemployed federal workers are showing up on local TV and Meridian man has spent nearly two decades working for the forest service for the last in Boise, Idaho TV station. K TV talked to Chris Kirk getting on the internet and looking for job opportunities looking for online when he's not on furlough, Kirk administers contracts for the hundreds of millions of dollars the forest service. Nhs on fighting wildfires. A local store owner saw that TV story and offered Kirk a temporary job what you is basically throw freight around low boxes, I'm vases, stock shelves and work a cash. Register Kirk says, it's quite a change from his forest service job. And even though he's earning less than a quarter of his federal salary. He's thankful for the work and for his new employers flexibility as soon as the government shutdown ends, I have to drop whatever I'm doing and go back to work in Florida. Dorothy, Dearborn also administers contracts for the government. But for the space agency NASA on a single mom story. I live paycheck to paycheck. You're going says, she's using no interest and low interest credit cards to get by inter family. As offered help finding a temporary job has been difficult. She did apply to a restaurant. The first question. They asked me they said he worked for NASA said, yes, they said your allowance. Yes. And they said are you planning? On going back. I guess they said, oh, we're not interested in that's not gonna work for us. Right now. We are only looking for people who are going to stay. That's a common problem federal workers say they're encountering still a few have found creative ways around this problem. My name is Frank Repola work, the National Oceanic in that miss fear could ministration and I live in Charleston, South Carolina, reportedly is a graphic designer and illustrator he's worked at Noah for nearly twenty years where he takes scientific data and puts it informs the rest of us can understand. He says a twenty thirteen furlough which lasted sixteen days was hard on his family after that. He developed a plan to be prepared for the next partial government shutdown one decided to do is go and get my EMT certificate repulsed says when he's working at Noah he volunteers as an emergency medical technician with the local rescue squad. Now that he's on furlough. He landed part. Time EMT job is a lot of medical transport. And what I mean by that is a lot of transporting patients from hospital hospital. They are a backup for the nine one. One system reportedly says the new job helped ease the financial burden of this shutdown still he's disappointed the country is in this position. I feel a little betrayed by politicians. You know, they take in an oath of office to serve our country. And I do the same. I got into this many years ago, and I choose to in a way serve my country. And I expect the same out of my politicians, reportedly, and the other is interviewed for this story are careful to say their views are their own not their agencies. Most also said they were uncomfortable speaking publicly, but given that this is now the longest partial shutdown in US history. They hope doing so will encourage the president and congress to resolve their differences. Jeff Brady NPR news.

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