Our union stands with the federal workers who are impacted by the shutdown.
Today is day 34 of the federal government shutdown. Impacted federal employees have now gone without two paychecks.
There are 26,000 federal employees who live in Suffolk and Nassau. With numbers like that, it shouldn’t be surprising to learn that we have members and even staff whose families have been impacted by this injustice. Beyond them, we have students, patients, clients and patrons whose families are hurting now too.
An Honest Day’s Pay For An Honest Day’s Work is more than just a Union value. The fact that so many are being denied the fruits of their labors is an affront to all, and the longer this drags on the negative repercussions for everyone will only get worse.
Below are some resources for federal employees on Long Island. Please share with whomever you can. We have the ability to connect with so many people through our members and beyond. While these resources may not address all of a person’s needs, they can hopefully help to ensure that someone is not overwhelmed by this crisis.
If you learn of new or additional resources, please let me know and we’ll be happy to distribute the information.
Long Island Cares Regional Food Banks: Federal employees can call 631-582-FOOD to set up individual appointments to receive food, personal care, household supplies, pet food. Satellite locations in Freeport, Lindenhurst and Huntington Station.
Community Solidarity Food Banks: Community Solidarity “rescues” fresh excess produce from local supermarkets and distributes it at “food shares” every week. The food shares are located in Hempstead, Huntington, Farmingville, Wyandanch and Bedford-Stuyversant. People are provided a weekly allotment of vegetarian produce and foodstuffs. Other necessities are also available. Federal employees can use the following link to register- http://communitysolidarity.org/shutdown
LI Cares & BRG- Complimentary 3 Course Dinner: Monsoon Steak and Sushi in Babylon Village is offering federal employees a 3 course meal on January 28th (6:00pm – 8:00pm). Call 631-587-4400 to make reservation. Must present federal ID (alcohol not covered)