CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - As a result of the partial government shutdown, hundreds of civilian employees at Westover Air Reserve Base are unsure when their next paycheck will come.
Westover employee Mark McAuliffe told 22News, “I have to show up. I can't look for another employment. I can't collect unemployment. I can't provide for my family.”
McAuliffe told 22News when he went to work on Tuesday, at Westover ARB in Chicopee, he found out he will get to keep his 40-hour work week--but he may not be paid right away. The partial government shutdown we're in has led to Westover's civilian employees being furloughed, resulting in the delay of some people's pay. McAuliffe is just one of the many Americans who are trying to figure out how they'll provide for their family.
“We've already given up so much,” McAuliffe said. “We've given up day after day after day. We have daily expenses. We have to pay for our family. Our family has to eat. Our family has to live.”
Westover employees aren't the only federal workers affected by the shutdown. The Internal Revenue Service's walk-in centers are closed. But you still have to pay your taxes. If you asked for an extension to file this year, the money is due on October 15th.
Social Security field offices will continue to process applications, but they will not be able to replace Social Security or Medicare Cards or process benefit verifications.
Many people said they aren't surprised lawmakers couldn't agree on a solution before the deadline, but they hope the shutdown ends soon.
Stacey Curtis of Bernardston said, “It's a shame that we think of them as non-essential people because it is essential for them to get paid. I know a week or two without a paycheck for me, it would be really really hard.”