Fed employees union chief says shutdown chances are ’50-50′

WASHINGTON — The largest federal employees union — the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) — is telling its members to be ready for the possibility of a second government shutdown when funding runs out Feb. 15.

“I think that it’s a 50-50 coin toss right now because I don’t think this president (Donald Trump) understands or he cares, and I don’t think Mr. (Senate Majority Leader Mitch) McConnell cares,” said J. David Cox, president of AFGE in a conference call with reporters.

“We clearly want our membership to be ready,” Cox said.

The union president said for some AFGE members, a second shutdown would be tough to bear because not all federal employees have received all of their pay from the last shutdown.

“There’s a lot that have not been fully paid. It will take another three — up to six months,” Cox said, blaming various government pay systems and…

Original published: 2019-02-11 22:00:33 Read the full Washington News here

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