From FoxNews Insider…
Guards at federal prisons are not being paid during the government shutdown, but still have to show up to work, while inmates continue to receive checks for the work they do at the facility.
“There’s different funding for inmate pay, and that has been funded,” explained Michele Kunkel, President of the Government Employees Union Local 4040. Both Kunkel and her husband are employed at the prison in Yankton, S.D.
Yahoo News reports…
Kunkel says the 36,000 prison workers employed by the Federal Bureau of Prisons are operating on an IOU system and will most likely get paid whenever the federal government shutdown ends. But the longer the shutdown carries on, the harder it becomes for prison employees to make ends meet.
Kunkel herself knows the sting particularly well, as both she and her husband are employed at the Yankton prison camp.
“We can’t go to the grocery store and buy groceries and give them, ‘Oh, here’s our government IOU,’” Kunkel said.