Federal employees furoughed at prison

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ELKTON, Ohio (WKBN)– A local prison is being affected by the government shutdown.

Employees at Elkton Federal Prison in Elkton have been furloughed, but are still required to come into work. Some employees have even had to work overtime.

However, these employees are not getting paid.

The local union president said that the shutdown has been tough on workers.

“It’s very hard because they come to me and I talk to them and I hear their stories about how they are the only sole bread-winner in the family. What are they going to do to provide for their spouse and their kids or their significant other? They come to work everyday, they put their lives on the line, their family knows they put their lives on the line then they come home and say sorry I can not pay you,” said Joseph Mayle, AMGE local president.

A measure in the House, if passed, could compensate the workers but not for months.

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